EPA Sets 2030 National Recycling Goal, Stakeholders Call for More Federal Action


The U.S. EPA recently announced a goal to achieve a 50% national recycling rate by 2030, as demand for solutions is on the rise but progress in the current system appears to have stalled in multiple areas.

The non-binding proposal comes in the final days of the Trump administration, as new data showed the national rate dropping to 32.1% in 2018. While local governments support the broader aim of improving recycling activity, many are faced with serious budget shortfalls during the pandemic on top of existing financial pressures from commodity market turbulence in recent years. Nearly 300 major stakeholders have pledged to help EPA improve the system in recent years, but in the absence of serious investment or policy changes from the federal government, some believe this may not be enough.

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