One of the plastics industry's main pieces of recycling legislation, a $500 million federal grant program, was reintroduced in the new Congress April 5. But the measure has also picked up new criticism from other industry groups that argue it's too narrow.
Both the Plastics Industry Association and the American Chemistry Council hailed the reintroduction of the bill, the Realizing the Economic Opportunities and Value of Expanding Recycling Act.
Similar to when the bill was introduced in the last Congress in 2019, it would set up a $500 million matching grant program for states and local governments to improve recycling infrastructure and education, as well as create a program within the Environmental Protection Agency to invest in technology and collection.
"Recycling infrastructure is essential to America's infrastructure," said Plastics Industry Association President and CEO Tony Radoszewski. "This bipartisan bill will improve recycling infrastructure so valuable materials can be reclaimed and repurposed and not end up in our oceans and waterways."
The legislation has bipartisan sponsors, Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., and Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind.