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EPA's National Recycling Strategy: How companies can help

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed a new nationwide strategy aimed at increasing the amount of paper, plastic, and metal that is recycled in the United States. This ambitious plan seeks to address the current challenges faced by the recycling industry and create a more resilient and sustainable system for managing municipal solid waste.

One of the main objectives of the strategy is to reduce contamination in the recycling stream. Contamination, such as non-recyclable materials mixed in with recyclable items, greatly decreases the value and marketability of recycled materials. To address this, the EPA plans to implement education and outreach programs to educate the public on proper recycling methods and encourage them to "recycle right."

Another key aspect of the strategy is increasing efficiency at recycling facilities. The EPA plans to invest in new technology, such as automated sorting systems, to streamline the recycling process and make it more cost-effective. Additionally, the agency will work to improve markets for recycled feedstock, which is essential for creating a stronger and more resilient municipal solid waste recycling system.

The strategy also seeks to improve the overall recycling rate of the country. The recycling rate for paper and plastic have been stuck at around 30% for the last few years and the EPA plans to increase it by making more recyclable materials available and making the process more efficient.

The EPA is currently seeking public comment on its draft National Recycling Strategy. This is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and industry stakeholders to provide input and help shape the final strategy. The agency plans to use this feedback to finalize the strategy and implement it in the near future.

Businesses and companies can play a crucial role in helping the EPA achieve its recycling goals. Some ways that companies can support the strategy include:

  • Implementing recycling programs in the workplace

  • Educating employees on proper recycling methods

  • Encouraging the use of products made from recycled materials

  • Partnering with local recycling facilities to improve efficiency and reduce contamination

  • Investing in new recycling technologies

Overall, the EPA’s proposed National Recycling Strategy is a comprehensive and ambitious plan that aims to address the challenges faced by the recycling industry and create a more sustainable and resilient system for managing municipal solid waste. The public comment period is an important opportunity for individuals and organizations to provide input and help shape the final strategy. It is clear that with the right approach, the recycling rate can be greatly increased, with a positive impact on the environment and economy. Businesses and companies can play a crucial role in supporting the strategy and achieving these goals.

EHSPro Solution consultants are experts in environmental, health, and safety management, and can help companies develop and implement sustainable practices that align with the EPA's recycling goals. Some of the ways that EHSPro Solution consultants can assist businesses include:

  • Conducting waste audits to identify areas for improvement in recycling and waste management

  • Developing a recycling program tailored to the specific needs of the company

  • Providing training and education for employees on proper recycling methods and sustainability practices

  • Assisting in the implementation of new recycling technologies and equipment

  • Monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of sustainability measures to track progress and make improvements.

By working with EHSPro Solution consultants, businesses can not only improve their sustainability practices but also demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and support the EPA's National Recycling Strategy. our consultants can help companies take a proactive approach to waste management and recycling.


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