EPA Unveils National Recycling Plan

Plan intended to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Environmental Protection Agency issued its final draft of its first “National Recycling Strategy” aiming to achieve a 50 percent nationwide recycling rate by 2030. The plan, first announced a year ago, intends to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated by production, use, and disposal of certain materials, particularly plastics. 

Most plastics are created using fossil fuels, and the United Nations Environment Program’s International Resource Panel projects about 300 million metric tons of plastic waste are generated each year. 

The new EPA strategy has five key objectives: improving markets for recycled goods; increasing collection of recyclables and improving collection and recycling infrastructure; reducing contamination in the recycling supply chain; the enhanced federal recycling coordination; and improved data collection and standardized definitions for the recycling process. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For EPA officials as they promote the benefits to the environment afforded by recycling plans. 
  • For Americans to consider and be open to new recycling habits. 
  • For local leaders charged with community recycling programs. 

Sources: The Hill, EPA.gov, Plastics News 


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