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A new report from the Recycling Leadership Council (RLC) calls on the federal government to take a leading role in initiatives and legislation that could help create a “national strategy” for system issues.
Priorities include collecting better recycling-related data, standardizing and coordinating different types of recycling systems across the country, investing in recycling infrastructure and supporting market development for recyclables.
The RLC, led by the Consumer Brands Association (CBA) and 22 members from packaging companies, brand-backed nonprofits and others, sees the report as a blueprint for lawmakers to follow. Their report has received support from several lawmakers involved with key recycling legislation, including Senate Recycling Caucus leaders Tom Carper, D-Del., and John Boozman, R-Ark; Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska; and Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio.