Take Action: Support Recycling Reform for Maine Now!
Maine’s recycling programs are suffering and we need your help to fix them. Global changes to recycling markets are increasing costs. New materials are being made that can’t be recycled. And Maine’s towns are left in the crosshairs, feeling like they may have no choice but to abandon or cut back on recycling.
Join our movement to reform recycling in Maine, make it more efficient, and reduce the burden on taxpayers. We’re calling on lawmakers to adopt a solution that is used around the world to make corporations share in the cost of delivering recycling programs.
Sign our petition to reform recycling in Maine and urge lawmakers to pass an “extended producer responsibility for packaging” law. Learn more about the details here.
Signatures will be delivered to the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
Our communities are struggling to fund and manage robust and resilient recycling programs. As a result, Maine has yet to reach the goal of recycling 50% of our waste that was established by law 30 years ago. I urge you to support recycling reform to preserve and expand opportunities to recycle in order to help towns save money and conserve our finite natural resources.
Luckily an effective solution to our recycling problems is available. Maine must move quickly to adopt an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging Materials law so that our towns and taxpayers are no longer unfairly forced to shoulder the burden of managing and paying for recycling programs. The responsibilities of recycling need to be shared with the producers of the packaging who are currently profiting off of having us foot the bill.
EPR for packaging is already effectively used across the world, including in Australia, Brazil, and Canada, all 28 countries in the EU, and Russia. These systems successfully shift costs of managing recycling from taxpayers to the producers of packaging materials and increase recycling rates to well over 50%, which is an important way to save our finite natural resources.
Recycling reform in Maine will make recycling:
For these reasons, I urge you to support Maine’s municipal recycling programs by passing the extended producer responsibility for packaging law being proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection.
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