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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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