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Women Leaders in Waste: Mitch Hedlund of Recycle Across America

Bill to Clean Up Recycling Stream Heads to House Floor

The bill aims to streamline recycling bin labels developed by Recycle Across America in an effort to mitigate contamination.

A bill that would expedite the rollout of standardized recycling labels has made it through the House Appropriations Committee and will now make its way to the House floor.

Forbes reports that the fiscal year 2020 Interior-Environment funding bill aims to streamline recycling bin labels developed by Recycle Across America in an effort to prevent the contamination of recyclable materials. According to the report, the bill will help “ensure the long-term economic and environmental viability of local recycling programs by exercising national leadership and facilitating the harmonization of standards.”

Forbes has more information:

In a landmark move, a national recycling strategy is to be launched across the U.S., aiming to streamline recycling bin labels and, in so doing, give the market a desperately needed overhaul.

Rep. Betty McCollum, chair of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, has directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop the strategy as part of the subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill. The $37.3 billion FY2020 Interior-Environment funding bill has been passed by the House Appropriations Committee and will now be considered by the House floor.

The initiative will expedite a roll-out of standardized recycling labels, developed by non-profit organization Recycle Across America, to prevent recyclable materials from being contaminated and ending up in landfill.

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