Coalition outlines federal government’s role in improving recycling

8 Feb 2021

The Recycling Leadership Council (RLC) hosted an online press conference Feb. 4 to introduce its “Blueprint for America’s Recycling System,” which outlines areas where the federal government can assist with strengthening the recycling system in the United States. U.S. policymakers also joined the RLC on the call.

The Consumer Brands Association’s (CBA’s) RLC, which was formed in early 2020, includes that association as well as the American Cleaning Institute; PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies; the Household & Commercial Products Association; the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy; the Recycling Partnership; and Closed Loop Partners, among others.

Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the Arlington, Virginia-based CBA, said in the press conference that the RLC and the suggestions it offers in its blueprint illustrate “phenomenal collaboration between wide-ranging interests” and “how the federal government can be a positive force in fixing recycling in the U.S.”

He added, “We all have responsibility” for the success of the U.S. recycling system but “can’t fix what ails recycling in America without help from the federal level.”

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