Biden wants federal agencies to cut back on single-use plastics – USA

Posted on January 6, 2024 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

The Biden administration is floating a plan to have federal agencies voluntarily cut back on purchasing of single-use plastics, rejecting arguments that it set more forceful targets.

Source: Biden wants federal agencies to cut back on single-use plastics | Plastics News

President Joe Biden’s administration is proposing a voluntary program that would encourage government agencies to reduce the amount of single-use plastics they buy, saying it wants to use the power of federal spending to push what it sees as greener packaging.

The Dec. 26 proposal from the General Services Administration, which oversees federal procurement, comes after conservation groups and some states had urged the Biden administration to take stronger steps and mandate single-use plastic reduction targets and reusable packaging goals for government agencies.

The GSA proposal is the latest step in a debate that started in 2022 when a coalition of 180 environmental groups petitioned the agency to use the federal government’s influence as the world’s largest buyer of goods and services — at nearly $700 billion a year — to push alternatives to single-use plastics.