5 Actions Congress Can Take to Accelerate A Circular Economy
Plastic is a critical component of our nation’s present and future, from modernizing our infrastructure and designing the next generation of automobiles to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable world. But as we tackle these critical challenges, we must also do everything we can to address another critical issue: plastic waste in the environment.
That’s why America’s Plastic Makers® are announcing “5 Actions for Sustainable Change” - a comprehensive national strategy to confront these challenges head on and move the United States toward a sustainable, circular economy where plastics and other materials can be reused again and again.
Our vision focuses on five actions:
- Require a 30 by ‘30 national recycled plastics standard. Require all plastic packaging to include at least 30% recycled plastic by 2030 through a national recycled plastics standard.
- Create a modern regulatory system to develop a circular economy for plastics. Create a modern regulatory system that enables rapid scaling of advanced recycling while continuing to grow mechanical recycling.
- Develop national recycling standards for plastics. Direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to bring together the plastics value chain and municipalities to develop a national recycling framework for plastics.
- Study the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from all materials to guide informed policy. Engage the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study that compares the impacts of raw materials and use its findings to guide future policies.
- Establish an American-designed producer responsibility system. Establish an American-designed producer responsibility system for packaging to help increase recycling access, collection and outreach for all materials, including plastics.
Learn more about how America’s Plastic Makers® are promoting bipartisan, sustainable policies:
- American Chemistry Council, Plastic Makers Outline 5 Actions Congress Can Take To Accelerate A Circular Economy, End Plastic Waste, July 13, 2021
- Independent Community Intelligence Services, How the US can achieve high plastic recycling rates, July 6, 2021
- Require a 30 by '30 National Plastic Recycling Standard
- Create a Modern Regulatory System To Develop a Circular Economy for Plastics
- Develop National Recycling Standards for Plastics
- Study the Impact of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From All Materials to Guide Informed Policy
- Establish an American-Designed Producer Responsibility System
- Actionable Solutions for Plastic Waste
- You See It. We See It. Here’s Our Plan to Address Plastic Waste.
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