EPA Announces First-Ever National Recycling Strategy


On November 15, to coincide with America Recycles Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of America’s first-ever national strategy aimed at increasing recycling participation to 50% by the year 2030. The National Recycling Strategy plan lays out five guiding principles to create cohesion among state and local recycling systems by:

  • Improving markets for recycled commodities;
  • Increasing collection of recyclable materials and improving recycling infrastructure through analysis, better product design, increased funding, and processing efficiencies;
  • Reducing contamination in the recycled material stream through outreach and education to the public on the value of proper recycling;
  • Enhancing policies and programs to support recyclability and recycling through increased federal and international coordination, analysis, and best practices sharing, and;
  • Standardizing measurement

EPA’s strategy marks the first time there has been a concrete step taken to formulate a national recycling policy. As many public works professionals around the nation are responsible for operating and maintaining local recycling and solid waste programs, APWA looks forward to closely monitoring the rollout of the National Recycling Strategy. For more information, please see the full National Recycling Strategy and APWA’s Policymaker Primer on Recycling. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to APWA Government Affairs Associate Jeff Finegan at jfinegan@apwa.net or 202-218-6728.