The Senate Committee Environment and Public Works held a hearing on February 2, 2022, entitled “Legislative Proposals to Improve Domestic Recycling and Composting Programs.” The hearing featured a panel of witnesses, including Rhodes Yepsen, Executive Director, Biodegradable Products Institute; Pashon Murray, Founder, Detroit Dirt; Benjamin Harvey, President, E.L. Harvey & Sons Inc.; and Charles Levell Hairston, VP and General Manager for Recycling and Recovered Fiber, International Paper. The witnesses provided input on two bills related to composting and recycling:
The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act calls for the EPA to track the capability of the United States to implement a national residential composting strategy for compostable materials. Included are provisions to do the following:
- Evaluation of laws that may present barriers to implementation of a national residential composting strategy
- Evaluation of existing composting programs
- Description of best practices based on those programs
- Evaluation of existing composting infrastructure
- Conduct study of the practices of manufacturers and companies that are moving to use compostable packaging and foodservice ware for the purpose of making the composting process the end-of-life use of those products
The BioCycle 2021 Residential Food Scraps Collection Access Study was discussed during the hearing as an example of existing data and data gaps.