Draft of US plastics strategy focuses on health impacts, microplastics and recycling – USA

Posted on April 28, 2023 by DrRossH in Plastic Recycling, Plastic Waste News, Switching Away from Plastic


The Environmental Protection Agency April 21 released a draft national plastics strategy that includes a focus on the health impacts of plastics production and microplastics, as well as looking at ways to improve recycling and waste management.

“Plastic pollution negatively impacts our environment and public health with underserved and overburdened communities hit hardest,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan, in a statement where the agency noted that both plastics production and plastics waste have more than doubled in the last 20 years.

“Plastics emits pollution at every stage of its life cycle, from extraction of raw materials, to manufacturing of plastics, to pollution from post-consumer products,” said Jonathan Black, senior director of chemical safety and plastic pollution in the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “We must address pollution from every stage.”

“There are many types of plastics that are unnecessary, harmful or difficult to recycle,” said Black, who helped write the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act in a previous job as an aide to former New Mexico Democratic Senator Tom Udall. “The reduction of these should be prioritized through national action.”