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Recycling Legislation Gains Support of IBWA

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The International Bottled Water Association has pledged it support for the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act and Recycling and Composting Accountability Act, which aim to increase country-wide recycling rates. 

Demand for consumer-grade recycled plastics remain high because of water companies’ efforts to reduce their environmental footprint. 

“The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act will create a pilot program to help fund recycling programs in underserved areas,” said IBWA president and CEO Joe Doss, in a statement. “Increasing consumer access to recycling programs is an essential part of closing the loop of the recycling process. And it helps to ensure that post-consumer recyclable materials are kept out of landfills and are instead reused again and again by industry to create products consumers want.” 

The RCAA will make recycling and composting rates across the U.S. publicly available. This will facilitate the study of the current state of recycling systems and identify areas for improvements.  

“The data collected via the RCAA will provide useful information on successful systems across the country. That data can be used to provide examples of what types of programming are most successful and will help advise policymakers as they seek to improve our nation’s recycling infrastructure,” Doss continued. 

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works brought both bills to the full U.S. Senate last Thursday.  

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