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ACI emphasises importance of modernising America's recycling system as Congress examines ways to improve recyclability
The US House Committee on Energy & Commerce recently held a hearing on ‘No Time to Waste: Solutions for America's Broken Recycling System’. In conjunction with the hearing, the American Cleaning Institute offered its perspective as Congress examines ways to improve America's recycling capabilities.
"ACI recognises the need to mitigate the impacts associated with the creation, use and disposal of our product packaging," wrote Nathan Sell, ACI senior director, sustainability, in a letter to chairman Tonko and Ranking Member McKinley. "Cleaning product packaging is designed to protect the health and safety, while also ensuring safe transport, storage and use of cleaning products during all stages of a product's lifecycle."
"The optimisation of ACI member company product packaging is a priority to deliver the performance of the products ACI members produce. It is for this reason that we have established guiding principles that help us ensure our products, which provide hygiene and cleanliness, do so in a manner that is environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
"Our members have collaborated on guidelines to help direct design and manufacturing, and to aid in the development and use of recyclable packaging. We have also charted a roadmap aiming to achieve 100% collection and reuse, recycling or composting of cleaning product packaging waste by 2040."
ACI emphasised the importance of minimising post-consumer waste for future generations and the health of our planet. ACI encourages policymakers to take the following steps to improve our recycling systems and encourage the adoption of more sustainable practices:
* Increasing availability of post-consumer recycled plastics
* Reducing single-use plastics
* Data collection
* Consumer education
Read the full letter at:
21st July 2022