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Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress

Spurred by market challenges, the Hill has seen a historic influx of big bills. Keep up on all the latest developments with our legislative tracker.
Danielle Ternes/Waste Dive

International trade decisions, fluctuating commodity markets and concerns about infrastructure have taken a toll on U.S. recycling programs in the past few years, sparking Congress to introduce a significant number of recycling-related bills. The coronavirus pandemic stalled legislative momentum in 2020 — with the exception of Save Our Seas 2.0 — but the bills have made a comeback in 2021.

The proposed legislation could dramatically change the way the U.S. handles recycling in the next few years, whether it’s through infrastructure investments, education, product bans, or bottle bills and extended producer responsibility initiatives. Experts say new leadership in the Biden administration and Congress are likely to infuse excitement into such legislation, but time will tell how far these bills make it.

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Bills to watch:
Bill to watch Current status Sponsors

Other developments

Here are highlights of other recent actions by members of Congress related to recycling policy in 2021: