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U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus Holds Pre-America Recycles Day Briefing

On the eve of America Recycles Day, the Senate Recycling Caucus held a briefing to evaluate the state of recycling particularly with the restrictions with exporting to China, thus changing the export dynamics for MRFs and other recyclers.

The House of Representatives Recycling Caucus and the Senate Recycling Caucus take turns holding this annual briefing. This year, the briefing began with remarks from both Senate Recycling Co-Chairs Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Carper (D-DE). 

Following the Senator’s remarks, I provided a ‘state of recycling’ update then led a panel consisting of the director of sustainability from Walmart, a representative from the District of Columbia’s Department of Public Works, Ben Harvey of E.L. Harvey and Sons, and Stephanie Baker of K&W Plastics. Discussions centered on how materials recovery facilities and other recyclers are reacting and adapting to the export restrictions, the closing of China as an export market, and what to expect for the future of recycling in this new global picture.

On America Recycles Day, both the U.S. EPA and Keep America Beautiful will hold events to commemorate this important day for recycling in the United States. For more information about the Senate Recycling Caucus briefing, please contact Billy Johnson.

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