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Two Senate Recycling Bills Pass Unanimously

Two recent Senate bills show that Congress is working to improve the nation’s patchwork of recycling laws. On July 28, 2022, the Senate voted unanimously to pass The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2022 (RIAA) and The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act (RCAA). The first of these directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a pilot grant project to fund recycling projects at the local and state level, while the latter aims to improve EPA reporting on recycling and composting.

The RIAA, introduced by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), charges the EPA with establishing a pilot grant program to fund eligible state, local, Native, or public-private partnership projects “that will significantly improve accessibility to recycling systems through investments in infrastructure in underserved communities through the use of a hub-and-spoke model for recycling infrastructure development.” The RCAA, introduced by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), directs the EPA to track and publish data on recycling and composting rates across the country. The information would be used to help improve performance and influence future projects, including a potential national composting strategy.

The two bills demonstrate that expanding the recycling and composting infrastructure remains a Congressional priority. The proposed legislation enjoys not only broad bipartisan support but has garnered widespread support from industry.

© 2022 Keller and Heckman LLPNational Law Review, Volume XII, Number 223
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Sheila Millar, Keller Heckman, advertising lawyer, privacy attorney
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Sheila A. Millar counsels corporate and association clients on advertising, privacy, product safety, and other public policy and regulatory compliance issues.

Ms. Millar advises clients on an array of advertising and marketing issues.  She represents clients in legislative, rulemaking and self-regulatory actions, advises on claims, and assists in developing and evaluating substantiation for claims. She also has extensive experience in privacy, data security and cybersecurity matters.  She helps clients develop website and app privacy policies,...

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Anushka Rahman Privacy Cybersecurity Regulatory Lawyer Keller & Heckman Law Firm
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Anushka Rahman counsels clients on domestic and international regulations related to privacy and cybersecurity, advertising and promotions, consumer product safety, hazardous materials transportation, and environmental matters. Within these areas, she provides guidance to clients on compliance and risk management strategies. She also represents clients in regulatory enforcement matters.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Anushka worked in private practice, as well as for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While in law school, she served...

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