EPA’s first status report on advancing US recycling infrastructure

 

The Environmental Protection Agency has  recently released the “Status Report: Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System“. The document outlines the efforts done by the agency to improve the recycling system nationwide. Since the beginning of this year, the EPA has been coordinating 4 main areas of action designating corresponding workgroups:

  1. Promote Education and Outreach
  2. Enhance Materials Management Infrastructure
  3. Strengthen Secondary Material Markets
  4. Enhance Measurement

In its conclusions, the report identifies the following action points, among others:

  • Develop a concept for a limited pilot to test an educational campaign on how to decrease the amount of plastic film entering curbside collection programs by encouraging recycling through retail collection programs (e.g. bins at retail outlets and grocery stores);
  • Update EPA’s tool to calculate emissions reductions associated with the use of recycled content material;
  • Develop a federal register notice to solicit public comments on the current requirements for recycled content products purchased by federal agencies;
  • Update EPA’s Measuring Recycling: A Guide for State and Local Governments.

 

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