ASTSWMO Materials Management Subcommittee Comments on 2020 EPA Draft National Recycling Strategy

The Materials Management Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on EPA’s Draft National Recycling Strategy and the new U.S. National Recycling Goal to increase the national recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030. The following comments are from the Subcommittee and have not been reviewed or adopted by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors. In addition, individual State or Territorial (State) programs may also provide comments based on their own State perspectives and experiences.

ASTSWMO Recycling Position Paper

The ASTSWMO Recycling Position Paper, developed by ASTSWMO’s Materials Management Subcommittee, was approved by the Association’s Board of Directors on July 21, 2020. ASTSWMO recommends EPA consider promoting substantial changes to the country’s recycling system as EPA develops a national strategy for recycling. The position paper describes challenges the current system is facing and includes content recommendations for a national recycling strategy.