I suppose you can file this under the "glass half full/half empty" category.
On the one hand, it's good that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a very specific goal for recycling, calling for the U.S. to hit the 50 percent level by 2030.
On the other hand, even as EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the goal on Nov. 17, recycling and municipal leaders noted that EPA has set no specifics or funding about how to meet that goal.
In addition, Wheeler and other Donald Trump administration officials will be leaving their jobs Jan. 20, 2021, so what longevity will that "50 by 30" goal mean in the long run?
"We're at a critical stage regarding recycling in the U.S.," Rick Kriseman, mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., and chair of the environmental committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said during a national recycling summit. "Local governments have been the backbone of our nation's recycling efforts, with millions of dollars being spent every year.
"Unfortunately, up to now, we've done all this with little to no help from others who are key to this discussion," he said.