President Joe Biden unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan on March 31, and plastics and manufacturing organizations are generally on board, although with some caveats.
One item missing from the plan at this point is specific funding for recycling, which organizations representing the industry had hoped to see.
"We need further investment in recycling infrastructure to bring us closer to our shared goal of sustainability, but we are disappointed this was not made a priority," added Tony Radoszewski, president and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association.
That doesn't mean that recycling won't get funding, just that it's not currently highlighted. But the plan does include investments in other key areas that would benefit plastics firms, including money for water and sewer lines, transportation and electrical systems.