At last week’s annual “Recycling Works Gala,” hosted by the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in Washington D.C., Delaware Senator Thomas R. Carper (D) was honored for his outstanding leadership in key recycling issues, representing the first such award for the annual gala.
Senator Carper serves as founder and co-chair of the Senate Recycling Caucus and was instrumental in incorporating important recycling amendments into recent climate change legislation.
He worked to enact the Recycling Investment Saves Energy (RISE) Act in 2008 and works to improve daily recycling practices on Capitol Hill.
According to Senator Carper, “Recycling is a priority of mine because it is one of the most visible and respected ways every American household and business can contribute to our environmental sustainability. Recycling significantly reduces the energy needed to manufacture products, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and also creates jobs.”
“Companies, associations and non-governmental organizations were all present to honor Senator Carper for his leadership in recycling and to continue to bring recycling to the forefront in this country. Earth911 was proud to be a part of it,” said Earth911’s own Vice President of Government Relations and Industry Affairs Sandra Keil, who attended the gala.
The following day, Senator Carper, along with Senate Recycling Caucus co-chair Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), introduced new legislation to encourage the procurement of recycled goods within the Federal government.
The bill titled “Federal Procurement of Recycled Materials to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions” defines what a reasonable cost for recycled materials is, encouraging the purchase of recycled goods.
According to Senator Carper, the Federal government is the largest purchaser of goods in the U.S. The clarification of reasonable cost established in this bill will spur the use of recycled materials and assist in the creation of market demand for recycled goods.
“This bill not only encourages our Federal agencies to use recycled goods, it also sends a market signal that will help grow recycling within our larger economy,” said Senator Carper.
“Just as was the case in the 1990s when the Federal government began purchasing recycled paper, the increased demand for the product spurred competition and drove down prices, making it more affordable for all consumer to purchase recycled paper. Similarly, this bill with help create an enhanced market demand for recycled goods throughout our economy, and at the same time will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save us energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the United States.”