Canton Repository Editorial Board Praises Portman’s Bipartisan RECYCLE Act

November 25, 2019 | Portman Difference

In an editorial titled “Bipartisan Call for More Recycling” the Canton Repository editorial board praises Senator Portman’s new bipartisan RECYCLE Act. Portman introduced the legislation with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) last week and the legislation will create a new federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help educate households and consumers about their residential and community recycling programs. It will also help to increase recycling rates and reduce contamination in the recycling stream. 

The Canton Repository editorial states: “On Friday, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced the RECYCLE Act. Their legislation seeks to create a federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency designed to help educate consumers about recycling programs in their communities…Portman’s office said EPA data shows the recycling rate in the U.S. is 35.2% and $9 billion worth of recyclable materials are thrown away each year. Whatever your political stripes, we can all agree those numbers can be improved with a little more education, a little more awareness and a little more effort.” 

The full editorial can be found below and here.  

Bipartisan Call for More Recycling

Canton Repository

Editorial Board

November 23, 2019  

Most people know newsprint, cardboard and other paper products can be recycled with minimal effort. Bins are available all over Stark County, and many trash haulers offer curbside pickup. 

But what about plastics, metals and other products with potential second lives? Here is gets a little more confusing, and as a result we, as a country, send tons of reusable products to the landfill. 

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced the RECYCLE Act. Their legislation seeks to create a federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency designed to help educate consumers about recycling programs in their communities. 

Confusion over how to recycle properly is one of the top challenges to wider participation, Portman’s office said in announcing the legislation Friday. Education and outreach increase the levels of recycling and decrease contamination of recyclable products. 

Our View: Portman’s office said EPA data shows the recycling rate in the U.S. is 35.2% and $9 billion worth of recyclable materials are thrown away each year. Whatever your political stripes, we can all agree those numbers can be improved with a little more education, a little more awareness and a little more effort. 

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