The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $375 million in financing for recycling, reuse, and trash avoidance projects under President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The EPA issued three requests for information (ROI) seeking feedback on the design of these new materials management initiatives, the first stage in the process of implementing the EPA’s greatest recycling investment in 30 years.

“Too many communities are burdened by pollution and the negative environmental and health impacts that result from poorly managed waste,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan says. “This unprecedented investment from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will transform recycling and solid waste management across the nation, create good-paying jobs and advance our bold environmental agenda as we work to build a better America.”

The $375 million in financing will be used to create several new projects, including a grant program for solid waste infrastructure for recycling, a grant program for recycling education and outreach, and a model recycling program toolkit. It will also subsidize the compilation of best practices for battery collecting, recycling, and labeling rules.

The EPA may finance programs like as public service announcements, advertising campaigns, and the creation and distribution of recycling program toolkits via education and outreach grants. These initiatives allow the agency to increase consumer education and outreach on proper recycling, eliminate contamination in the recycling stream, create higher-quality recycled materials, and promote the circular economy. A circular economy minimizes material consumption, redesigns materials to be less resource-intensive, and reclaims “waste” as a resource for the production of new materials and products.

The initial stages in designing these funding programs and guidelines are ROIs. The EPA is inviting all interested persons and groups to offer their opinions on resources, opportunities, and challenges related to reducing, reusing, and recycling infrastructure, education and outreach initiatives, and battery recycling and collecting via the ROIs.

Furthermore, the EPA is launching a nationwide initiative to involve stakeholders from around the country in order to shape the creation of these new programs, organizing virtual meetings and feedback sessions in all ten regions and nationally. As part of its outreach strategy, the EPA is targeting community groups and environmental justice organizations around the nation.

Source: Recycling Today


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