Virginia’s Manufacturing Sector Urges Governor Northam to Lead the Way on Advanced Recycling Legislation

Virginia’s Manufacturing Sector Urges Governor Northam to Lead the Way on Advanced Recycling Legislation

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Manufacturers Association issued the following statement regarding the Virginia House of Delegates passing advanced recycling bill SB 1164. The bill will now head to Governor Northam for his signature:

“Virginia is poised to take a leading role in tackling one of our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges – eliminating plastic waste in our environment,” said Brett Vassey, President & CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA).  “On February 22, following passage by the Senate of Virginia, the House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed advanced recycling bill SB 1164 with a bipartisan vote of 90 to 8, moving the Commonwealth closer to enjoying the economic and environmental benefits of advanced recycling manufacturing. This landmark bill will create new demand for local recycling programs and recycling centers that will process waste plastics currently destined for landfills into valuable raw materials.”

“VMA joins a statewide coalition of manufacturers, retailers, recyclers, non-profits, local governments, local and regional chambers of commerce, and many other organizations across the Commonwealth, in applauding the General Assembly for passing this bipartisan legislation. We are particularly thankful for the leadership of Senators Hanger, Lewis, and Petersen and Delegates Plum, Avoli and Willett for their leadership.

We strongly encourage Governor Northam to sign SB 1164 into law.  This bill will make Virginia the tenth state to pass legislation that fully regulates advanced recycling as manufacturing.  Advancing the ‘circular economy’ – where products are designed so that their lifecycle leads back to becoming raw material for new products – is critical to our industry’s environmental sustainability goals.

It is our expectation that this new law will also help attract new, high-wage manufacturing jobs and additional state and local government tax revenue. There have been more than $5.5 billion in investments announced to help modernize recycling across the United States in the last three years, with the potential to divert millions of tons of plastic waste from landfills annually.”

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About Virginia Manufacturers Association

The Virginia Manufacturers Association develops and advocates for constructive public policies and supports a broad array of business services and programs to help ensure that Virginia manufacturing companies can be productive, profitable and competitive in Virginia. Virginia’s 6,000+ manufacturers employ over 230,000 individuals, contribute $43 billion to the gross state product, and account for over 80% of the state’s goods exports to the global economy. For more about the VMA, please visit www.vamanufacturers.com.