SWANA commends the US House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change for holding a hearing to consider several bills to repair and improve our nation’s recycling system. A letter urging action on the “Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2022” (H.R. 8183) was sent to Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Ranking Member David McKinley (R-WV). SWANA supports this legislation, which would establish a pilot rural recycling program at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Ensuring equitable access to recycling across the United States is one of the major challenges we face to create a more resilient circular economy,” said Jesse Maxwell, SWANA’s Advocacy and Safety Senior Manager. “We urge the Energy and Commerce Committee to approve this bill and for it to be passed by the House of Representatives.”
The “Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2022” was introduced in the House by Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ). Companion legislation in the U.S. Senate has already been approved by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
SWANA continues to be at the forefront of efforts to improve the U.S. recycling system. SWANA has volunteered to help EPA implement its National Recycling Strategy and has presented at congressional recycling events over the past few years.