The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) applauded the efforts of Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) for introducing the RECYCLE Act (S. 2941). The legislation will enhance public educational efforts around proper recycling and update the federal procurement process to strengthen demand for recyclable material.
“There are a number of legislative efforts being put forth in Congress to tackle the current challenges we are seeing in the nation’s residential recycling system,” said Robin Wiener, President of ISRI. “The focus is to improve the quality of the residential recycling stream and provide incentives for greater market demand for recyclables.
“The RECYCLE Act will help accomplish both goals. Through the consumer recycling education and outreach grant programme we hope to see improvements in the quality of the material entering the stream. And with a stronger procurement process, the federal government is in a position to help drive demand for recyclable materials. Recycling paves the way for the future of our planet. These efforts are proof that recycling is indeed worth it.”
ISRI was proud to work with Senator Portman and other industry stakeholders on key provisions to further strengthen this legislation, said the organisation. Over the course of the last year, ISRI has also worked closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which would administer the educational grant programme in this bill, on key solutions including public outreach efforts. The organisation also said the industry is committed to working with Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholders on continuing to provide innovation solutions to strengthen residential recycling systems across the U.S.