NAPCOR, IBWA back recycling resolution
By Jake Thomas, Resource Recycling
Two trade organizations are have issued statements praising a U.S. Senate resolution in support of the recycling industry.
The resolution, sponsored by co-founders and co-chairs of the Senate's Recycling Caucus Delaware Democrat Tom Carper and Maine Republican Olympia Snowe, expresses support for policies that recognize and promote recyclable materials as essential economic commodities, as well as the use of recyclable feedstock.
"The adoption and implementation of strong public policy is critical to reinvigorating domestic recycling; NAPCOR supports this resolution and continued leadership in this area," said Dennis Sabourin, the executive director of the National Association for PET Container Resources. "We also anticipate that the many benefits of recycling that the resolution details – whether resource and energy conservation, feedstock, domestic jobs and infrastructure – will be brought to bear on other relevant federal policy discussions moving forward."
The International Bottled Water Association has also come out in support of the resolution.
"The bottled water industry supports effective recycling and environmental conservation policies. We are pleased to see this effort to help build upon the growing public momentum to increase recycling rates nationwide by spelling-out its many economic and energy saving benefits," said Joe Doss, IBWA's president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "Any efforts to increase recycling while reducing the environmental impact of packaging must be broad-based and focus on all consumer goods, as this resolution does, and not target any one industry."