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NWRA Comments on EPA's National Recycling Goals

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Arlington, VAThe National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 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 their goals may be not be sufficient and offered recommendations to help ensure EPA meet 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.



The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

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