REDUCE Act receives support from environmental groups, while plastics industry voices concern

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

In early August, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse introduced the Rewarding Efforts to Decrease Unrecycled Contaminants in Ecosystems (REDUCE) Act to the Senate. The bill, co-authored with Congressman Tom Suozzi, is designed to create a new incentive to recycle plastic and to address plastic waste in our ecosystems by imposing a 20-cent-per-pound fee on the sale of virgin plastic used in single-use products. It has been included as part of the budget reconciliation package before Congress. According to the sponsors, the fee would help recycled plastics compete with virgin plastics and ensure the plastics industry is accountable for its harms to the climate, oceans and minority and low-income communities.

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