On July 15th, 2021, the Recycling Is Infrastructure Too (RIIT) campaign released an ambitious plan that recommends $16.3 billion in new investments over the next three years. As part of the RIIT coalition, ILSR advocated for the inclusion of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting infrastructure and programs that will stem climate disruption, address racial injustice, and create thousands of jobs throughout the country.
The RIIT coalition is hosting an ongoing series of webinars to ensure the plan is part of federal infrastructure discussions and rulemaking. These webinars are free to attend, and anyone working in waste and reuse or advocating around these issues is welcome to register.
“Funding Recycling Infrastructure via Disposal Surcharges”
Feb 15, 2022 at 2:00-3:30 pm ET
With the U.S. recycling level stagnating around 35 percent and 180 million tons of municipal waste per year flowing to trash incinerators and landfills, more investment is needed to increase waste prevention, reuse, and recycling capacity. One example of an effective funding mechanism has existed for decades in a number of states and some local jurisdictions. Surcharges on waste disposed at landfills and incinerators can raise significant revenue to support financial assistance programs for building local recycling programs and infrastructure.
“Investing in Zero Waste Infrastructure”
January 18, 2022
Representatives of the plastic, fiber, organic, and glass sectors who will identify infrastructure needs in their industry’s current requirements. Watch the webinar recording.
“What’s IN the Infrastructure Bills for Recycling?”
September 28, 2021
Learn about what types of infrastructure would be eligible for funding if specific Infrastructure Bills are adopted by Congress and the President. Watch webinar recording.
“The Best Bottle Bill Possible”
August 24, 2021
Experts and advocates discuss best practices and policy priorities for a national bottle bill. Watch webinar recording.
“The American Recycling Infrastructure Plan (RIIT)”
July 27, 2021
An overview of the American Recycling Infrastructure Plan. Watch webinar recording.
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Read the campaign’s letter to Biden-Harris Administration here.
Listen to a podcast conversation about the RIIT campaign and the American Recycling Infrastructure Plan here.