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EPA releases Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution.

This past Earth Week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution for public comment. The draft strategy was released alongside a White House Interagency Policy Committee (IPC) on Plastic Pollution and a Circular Economy. The IPC will coordinate federal efforts on plastic pollution, prioritizing public health, economic development, environmental justice (EJ) and equity to ensure the benefits of acting on plastic pollution—including jobs, minimized exposure to harmful chemicals and clean communities—are available to all, according to the EPA . The comment period on the draft strategy originally was scheduled to conclude June 16 but was extended to July 31. The goal of the strategy is to eliminate the release of plastic waste from land-based sources into the environment by 2040 by reducing, reusing, composting, collecting and capturing plastic waste. The strategy does not include processes that convert these end-of-life materials into fuels or energy. It also addresses EJ and climate change considerations. The strategy's objectives are reducing pollution during plastic production, improving postuse materials management and preventing trash and micro/nanoplastics from entering waterways and recovering escaped trash from the environment. A number of industry groups have responded to the strategy, including the Consumer Brands Association, the Plastics Industry Association and the American Chemistry Council. The comment submission from the Consumer Brands Association, Arlington, Virginia, compiled insight from across the consumer products industry, according to the association. Vice President of Sustainability John Hewitt writes in the comment letter, “Consumer Brands commends the EPA for identifying and undertaking the actions presented in the Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution. We are eager for its implementation alongside the goals established by the National Recycling Strategy.” He went on to say that the strategy will complement the existing recycling commitments made by “all of the 25 largest CPG [consumer packaged goods] companies in the United States,” of which, 80 percent “are working toward introducing fully recyclable packaging for all of their products by 2030 at the latest.” Consumer Brands highlighted the major factors deemed critical by the consumer products industry for preventing plastic pollution: harmonizing recycling standards nationwide; reviewing the misunderstood “chasing arrows” symbol; integrating advanced recycling, with the EPA encouraging and leading research, development and integration of new tools available for improved recycling technology. “A significant percentage of this loss of valuable postconsumer recycled content into waste streams can be attributed to consumer confusion,” Hewitt writes in the comments. The Plastics Industry Association, Washington, also submitted comments, with its President and CEO Matt Seaholm saying the group was “disappointed with the agency’s draft strategy.” “The EPA was directed by Congress in an overwhelmingly bipartisan way to focus on postconsumer materials management and infrastructure, and instead the agency’s first stated objective in this strategy is to reduce the production of essential materials rather than address plastic waste,” he says. “We don’t recycle enough, and we need to improve recycling rates in the U.S., period. Plastics remains eager to collaborate with the EPA, stakeholders and anyone who is willing to work towards our common goal of effective solutions to keep plastic waste out of the environment,” Seaholm addsIn its comments to the EPA, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Washington, outlines opportunities where greater collaboration could turn the draft strategy into a more comprehensive approach to eliminate plastic pollution. The association also calls out sections of the draft where unintended consequences could mean significant negative impacts for American consumers and the environment.  The ACC calls on the EPA to recognize the promise of advanced recycling, which it says could enable the United States to recycle significantly more types of plastics, and the diversity of recycling technologies and programs that can provide circularity for plastics..

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  • aliacacia

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    As a roguelike, features permadeath—when a player's character dies, they must start over from the beginning.

    • Princess

      43 w

      This a significant step towards addressing the global plastic pollution crisis

      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Kevin

          45 w

          Kudos to the EPA.Lets hope for a proper implementation of the strategy

          • Joseph Githinji

            45 w

            This is are great regulations, we must all fight plastics pollution by all means possible.

          • Munene Mugambi

            45 w

            Let's see this work for the American people

            • johnte ndeto

              45 w

              Plastic pollution is common and this really is pleasing

              • Princess

                43 w

                @johnte_ndeto absolutely true 👍

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