On Monday, I was joined by ISRI member Max Daughtrey (Four D Corp in Oklahoma) for a meeting with U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss opportunities for regulatory reform to benefit the recycling industry.
Three issues were highlighted:
1. The need for clear guidance to the states removing all scrap commodities from the definition of solid waste;
2. Completion of the EPA study on crumb rubber for infill in playing fields with a clear statement of risk in order to end the current market uncertainty that has resulted in a 30% decline in demand over the last several years; and
3. Withdrawal of a June 2017 memorandum to the Regions regarding the regulatory status of recalled Takata air bags that has caused confusion and concern in the regulated community – and in the states – about the status of certain recycling activities.
The Administrator stated his support for recycling and directed his staff to move forward on each of these issus.