Recycling may get its own DC caucus

Dec 02, 2005 | 06:05 AM | Paul Schaffer

The scrap industry has enough irons in the fire in Washington that it has begun recruiting sympathetic members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives into a formal recycling caucus.

More than 100 such issue-focused groupings exist in Congress. One of the best known is the Congressional Steel Caucus, which fosters policies and laws to improve the health of U.S. steel mills.

According to William Johnson, manager of legislative analysis at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), many legislators back the idea of reprocessed raw materials but envision it as mostly based on curbside collection from households. "They don't really understand industrial and commercial recycling as part of business, of manufacturing," he said. "We want to have a large number, in both parties, understanding our industry."....





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