Marine Litter and Marine Debris
As producers of products that find their way into the marine environment, plastic makers are working with government officials, retailers, anti-litter groups and consumers to devise solutions to prevent marine debris. We support a Reduce-Reuse-Recycle philosophy to managing waste and conserving resources.
Many California cities, including Los Angeles, have implemented a curbside program for recycling clean polystyrene products, including foam cups. While polystyrene recycling remains an emerging market, we support serious efforts to integrate polystyrene recycling into recycling programs.
The plastics industry supports recycling that is sustainable, economical and environmentally responsible. Since 1990, the plastics industry, as individual companies and through organizations such as ACC’s Plastics Division, has invested more $2 billion in developing technologies and the infrastructure to recycle plastics in communities across the nation. From providing greater access to away-from-home recycling opportunities to boosting consumer education, today, much of our effort focuses on increasing collection of recyclable plastics.
To advance the enhanced use of energy from waste in the United States, America’s plastics makers support the use of recycling and energy recovery as acceptable waste diversion options to maximize resources, minimize waste sent to landfills, and minimize total impacts to the environment. When recycling opportunities are not available, we support the use of plastic for its captured energy and its role as part of a national energy solution. And we believe Congress should support a federal program of research, development, and demonstration for existing and emerging energy recovery technologies (e.g., gasification, pyrolysis and plasma arc) to help achieve higher levels of solid waste recovery and associated reductions in greenhouse gases.
By allowing manufacturers and consumers to do more with less, using plastics can help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life of a product or package.
We support and promote the business interests and general welfare of the polycarbonate and bisphenol A (BPA) industry through relevant technical, communications, and public policy activities.