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Wheeler Announces New National Recycling Plan

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler held the EPA’s third-annual America Recycles Summit last month where he unveiled a new National Recycling Goal that aims to increase the national recycling rate to 50% by 2030.

“In celebration of America Recycles Day, I am proud to announce the national goal to increase the U.S. recycling rate to 50% by 2030,” said Wheeler. “This ambitious national recycling goal will help guide investments and commitments from across the recycling system.”

About the Plan

The EPA said that it challenges businesses, communities and individuals alike to embrace EPA’s National Recycling Goal to help the collective efforts to improve the nation’s recycling system, create more jobs and conserve natural resources.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler held the EPA’s third-annual America Recycles Summit last month where he unveiled a new National Recycling Goal that aims to increase the national recycling rate to 50% by 2030.

In addition to announcing the National Recycling Goal, summit participants discussed the draft National Recycling Strategy, which identifies targeted objectives for the U.S. recycling system.

Wheeler encouraged the public to comment on how EPA can measure progress and the actions needed to achieve these three key objectives in the draft National Recycling Strategy, which are:

  • Reduce Contamination in Recycling: Reducing the percentage of the wrong materials in the recycling stream helps ensure clean recyclable materials, such as paper, glass or plastic, can be processed and made into new products;
  • Make Recycling Processing System More Efficient: Making our processing system more efficient will help more of the material that is intended to be recycled get recycled; and
  • Strengthen the Economic Markets for Recycled Materials: Strengthening the economic markets for recycled materials will help manufacturers make more products using recycled materials and encourage demand from consumers for more products that are made with recycled materials.

The draft National Recycling Strategy is open for public comment until Dec. 4.

Many have since shown support for the initiative, including U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Mark W. Menezes, who said: The “Department of Energy is proud to support EPA's commitment to increasing the national recycling rate. Through the Department of Energy's Plastics Innovation Challenge, DOE is working to develop new technologies to deconstruct waste plastic and make new plastics recyclable by design, complementing EPA’s efforts to improve recycling efforts across the United States.”

   

Tagged categories: Environmental Controls; EPA; EPA; NA; North America; Paint recycling; Paint recycling; Recycled building materials

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