A lack of cohesion between federal and state environmental regulations is threatening businesses. Rick Ralph, National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) Chief Executive Officer says it’s time for an overhaul.

Over the past two years as we all lived the COVID -19 experience, we have seen the challenges of how a federation of governments should work, witnessing how states have interpreted rules and then changed them. COVID-19 was not unique in terms of these federation arrangements, but for the first time it became clear to all how mature conversations and genuine collaboration between governments agreed one thing, then states did something different.

Regrettably the same situation presents itself in terms of our industry’s environmental regulatory environment. In terms of waste and recycling policy formation and its waste diversion targets, the talk across government and community is constant. The conversation in terms of state and federal targets being set, and policies articulating the benefits of having a ‘circular economy’ genuinely admirable.

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