The NWRA filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its potential list of national recycling goals. Recycling policies have largely been set by state and local governments. “We appreciate the opportunity to comment on EPA’s recycling goals. Our member companies have hundreds of recycling collection and processing operations across the country,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “These goals are laudable in providing ambitious objectives that everyone can strive to achieve.”
NWRA expressed concerns that the methods identified by EPA to reach its goals may not be sufficient and offered recommendations to help ensure EPA meets the recycling goals. Notably, NWRA recommended the EPA establish a goal of 30 percent recycled content by 2025 for plastic and work with trade associations to establish content goals for glass, paper and metal.