The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies recently held a hearing on "Strengthening Community Recycling Programs: Challenges and Opportunities." Now, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) is calling on Congress to pass recycling legislation.
“The National Waste & Recycling Association appreciates Congress for holding this hearing. We have worked with Congressional leaders on bipartisan solutions to increase both the quality and quantity of recycled materials with our support for Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) RECYCLE Act. The legislation would create a consumer recycling education and outreach grant program within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to clean up America’s recycling stream,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO, in a statement.
“Furthermore, we actively opposed proposed legislation that would establish product stewardship or extended producer responsibility financing schemes. On behalf of the private waste collection industry, I urge Congress to pass bipartisan, responsible legislation like the RECYCLE Act,” added Smith.
Smith also said that NWRA will continue to work with stakeholders like the EPA and other federal partners to develop policies aimed at strengthening recycling programs.