Two Senate Recycling Bills Pass Unanimously – Product Liability & Safety

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Two recent Senate bills show that Congress is working to improve the nation’s patchwork of recycling laws. On July 28, 2022, the Senate unanimously voted to pass the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2022 (RIAA) and the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act (RCAA). The first of these directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a pilot grant to fund recycling projects at the local and state levels, while the second aims to improve reporting of the EPA on recycling and composting.

The RIAA, introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), directs the EPA to establish a pilot grant program to fund eligible state, local, Indigenous, or public-private partnership projects “that will significantly improve the accessibility to recycling systems through infrastructure investments in underserved communities through the use of a hub-and-spoke model for recycling infrastructure development.” The RCAA, presented by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) , directs the EPA to track and publish data on recycling and composting rates across the country.The information would be used to help improve performance and influence future plans, including a possible national recycling strategy. composting.

Both bills demonstrate that expanding recycling and composting infrastructure remains a congressional priority. The proposed legislation not only enjoys broad bipartisan support, but has garnered broad industry support as well.

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