House Bill 1808 was discussed by members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Macungie, would reclassify some plastics as post-use polymers rather than garbage. The conversion of post-use plastic through advanced recycling will still have to comply with all EPA and DEC regulations.

The advanced recycling process can include pyrolysis, gasification, depolymerization, catalytic cracking, reforming and hydrogenation technologies. The plastics could be turned into raw materials, feedstocks, chemicals, liquid fuels, waxes or lubricants.

Advanced recycling facilities would not include a resource recovery facility, processing facility, municipal waste processing or disposal facility or any other type of facility that receives unsorted municipal waste to separate out post-use polymers for use in advanced recycling.

Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, and Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Oil City, have voted for the bill during recent committee votes.“Recycling and recovery technologies represent an emerging market and provide the ability to remove plastics from the waste stream by converting them into valuable feedstock for new materials,” Mackenzie wrote. “Treating post-use plastics as raw materials for “manufacturing” and not “waste” will remove the barriers of misclassifying this emerging industry and promote continued innovation and investment. The current law does not clearly classify these new technologies as manufacturing and this legislation will provide regulatory certainty as the post-use plastics and recycling industry grows.”

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