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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2019 11:59 AM
From: Representative Joshua D. Kail
To: All House members
Subject: Broadening Responsible Recycling Programs
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation to allow municipal waste management systems to partner with manufacturers utilizing advanced recycling and recovery technologies to convert post-use plastics into valuable raw materials.

Plastics, particularly single-use plastics, are common in modern society, and are found in hospitals, food packaging, product packaging and more. This reality means that globally, we are faced with the challenge of increased waste.

Advanced recycling and recovery technologies that are being implemented across the country, and the globe, are providing a solution to that challenge.

Recycling and recovery technologies will provide municipal waste management systems an alternative to practices such as landfilling or incinerating post-use plastics. Manufacturers now have the ability to convert these plastics into new plastics and chemicals, raw materials for manufacturing, and transportation fuels that have lower emissions than conventional fuels. This advanced recycling is a complement to the existing mechanical recycling process.

With China’s recent rejection of U.S. waste plastics, it is critically important that we advance policies and a regulatory framework that will allow these technologies to flourish.

This legislation will amend Act 101 to create the opportunity for municipal recyclers to benefit from this technology by allowing manufacturers to source post-use plastics from their systems.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation so municipal waste management systems have the opportunity to develop sustained partnerships with manufacturers and take advantage of a free market solution to our shared challenge of increasing waste.

Introduced as HB2368