C. Williams Statement for Recycling Hearing
Without strong, concerted federal procurement of recycled products, the investment made by cities, counties and state governments in recycling collection and processing will continue to be jeopardized. A number of leading-edge companies have made major investments in the needed research and technology to develop products that meet the recycled content and EPP standards. Strong, concerted purchasing by the federal government is absolutely necessary for these products to gain a foothold within the national economy.
The GAO report should be the benchmark for measuring what the federal government has accomplished, as well as the critical need to push harder for federal agencies to implement the requirements of the Executive Orders and of RCRA.
Bottles and cans are turning the landscape of America into one continuous landfill. Except for the states that have bottle deposit bills, America is being trashed. There is no reason for not having a national deposit law. Individual states have proven these laws work.
Please do not listen to the voices of the lobbyists and big business. Listen to the voices of the voters; the people spoke recently in Hawaii.
Please do what is right for all of America.