Congressman Cohen praises homeowners for helping reduce plastic waste

MEMPHIS — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today commended the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch for reaffirming Congress’ commitment to reducing plastic waste, including plastic straws. plastic and other single-use plastics, for which he advocated and the The subcommittee first accepted in July 2020. The report language included in the bill encourages the elimination of all single-use plastic products, including lightweight plastic bags, styrofoam foods and beverages, plastic stirrers and plastic utensils. The House of Representatives is expected to consider this annual spending measure later this year.

The report reaffirmed the subcommittee’s support for implementing the language drafted by Congressman Cohen, which was signed into law as part of the latest appropriations package. This report also included language from the congressman asking the architect of the Capitol to provide a progress report on the implementation of the plastic waste reduction directive. The US Capitol Police have already detailed their work to reduce single-use plastic water bottles, as called for in last year’s report.

Congressman Cohen issued the following statement:

“The United States is overwhelmed by mountains of single-use plastic waste. I have tried to intensify the federal government’s response to this environmental disaster by phasing out unnecessary single-use plastic products, hold businesses accountable for unnecessary products, and reform our broken waste and recycling infrastructure with the Break Free from Plastics Pollution Act in 2020 and even in the current Congress. But there are steps Congress can take now to prevent this situation from getting any worse. The easiest way to reduce plastic pollution is to reduce the volume of single-use plastics and other containers that are used in the first place and then clog the recycling stream.

“The federal government has a responsibility to lead on this and other environmental issues, and in this context, plastic waste prevention is best accomplished by ending federal sourcing of these products whenever possible. The wording of this appropriation bill advances this objective.

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Bryce K. Locke