Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: National Recycling Strategy
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Tuesday, October 27, 2020; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a draft National Recycling Strategy and is now seeking public input through December 4th, 2020. The draft National Recycling Strategy identifies strategic objectives and actions needed to create a stronger, more resilient, and cost-effective U.S. municipal solid waste recycling system.
This webinar will provide participants who may wish to comment on the draft with an overview of the draft National Recycling Strategy, as well the key questions EPA hopes commenters will answer. The draft National Recycling Strategy was developed as part of EPA’s continued leadership in addressing the challenges facing the U.S. recycling system, including: confusion about what materials can be recycled, recycling infrastructure that has not kept pace with today’s diverse and changing waste stream, reduced markets for recycled materials, and varying methodologies to measure recycling system performance. The draft strategy identifies actions to address these challenges that build on the collaborative efforts by stakeholders from across the recycling system that began under EPA’s 2019 National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System. The draft strategy organizes high-level actions around three strategic objectives to improve the U.S. recycling system:
- Reduce contamination,
- Increase processing efficiency, and
- Improve markets.
The National Recycling Strategy, when finalized, will be aligned with and support implementation of the national recycling goal(s), which EPA intends to announce in November 2020.
Video: National Recycling Strategy