Committee plans scrutiny of recycling, reuse programs

By Ellie Borst | 05/20/2024 06:43 AM EDT

The Environment and Public Works Committee will focus on federal waste management efforts.

Recycling trash bins in New York.

Recycling trash bins are seen in New York City. Spencer Platt/AFP via Getty Images

Senators will put different waste management systems under the microscope this week while Senate-approved legislation awaits House action.

The Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to host a hearing centered around perspectives from state and local recycling and reuse infrastructure.

It will also focus on federal programs meant to drive the U.S. toward a circular economy, the idea that waste can be repurposed so it eliminates the need for any virgin materials.


In March, the Senate passed two bipartisan bills centered around that idea of circularity.