Missouri Passes Advanced Recycling Law

July 19, 2022
Missouri becomes the 20th state to sign advanced recycling legislation since 2017.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signs H.B. 2485 into law, which will help ensure more plastics are reused again and again while attracting new jobs to the state, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). With his signature, Governor Parson reportedly brings to 20 the number of states that have signed legislation that recognizes the benefits of advanced recycling into law since 2017.

Advanced recycling is a manufacturing process that converts used plastics into high-quality new plastics without incinerating solid waste. With advanced recycling technologies, more types of plastics can be recycled compared to traditional recycling technologies, including some mixed and soiled plastics, according to the ACC. The virgin-quality plastics made from advanced recycling reportedly have been approved for food, pharmaceutical and medical use, among other things. A 2021 report by Closed Loop Partners estimates that advanced recycling could double the plastics packaging recycling rate in the U.S. and Canada by 2030, according to the ACC.

The ACC says that H.B. 2485 will appropriately regulate advanced recycling technologies as manufacturing operations rather than solid waste disposal, which will encourage investments in advanced recycling facilities and new manufacturing jobs for Missouri residents.

“This is a great opportunity for Missouri and exciting progress toward a more circular economy for plastics,” says Chris Jahn, president & CEO of the ACC in a press release. “Over the past five years, 40% of states in this country have signed advanced recycling legislation into law, demonstrating that recognition of these innovative technologies and their immense potential is rapidly growing. Advanced recycling diverts plastics from landfills, decreases greenhouse gas emissions and helps create new jobs and revenue streams. In other words, advanced recycling keeps more plastics out of the environment and in the economy.”

Read the press release at www.americanchemistry.com