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RCRA'S RECYCLING MANDATES COSTLY AND INEFFECTIVE, SAYS NFPA

 RCRA'S RECYCLING MANDATES COSTLY AND INEFFECTIVE, SAYS NFPA
 WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The recycling mandates contained in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) will place a huge burden on the economy while doing little to reduce the solid waste stream, according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).
 "This legislation singles out one industry," said NFPA President John R. Cady. "It would be enormously costly for both business and consumers, and it would have little impact on solid waste." The bill (H.R. 3865) was passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today.
 "Congress has narrowed the focus of this legislation down to cans, jars, bottles and other containers widely used by the food industry," Cady noted. Such materials account for only 8 percent of the solid waste stream, he added.
 "I cannot understand the premise of this approach," Cady said. "This is a bill that will not reduce solid waste, that focuses on an issue that poses no risk to human health or the environment, that could be as costly as the Clean Air Act, and that nationalizes garbage regulation, all during a recession!"
 The recycling mandates contained in RCRA would be extremely expensive, Cady pointed out. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that, for paper products alone, the cost to the economy would be more than $700 million.
 The food industry is not alone in its concerns about RCRA. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the potential cost to consumers of the RCRA legislation could range up to $30 billion a year. Moreover, EPA termed packaging "an area of solid waste management the presents relatively low environmental risks."
 "Packaging -- particularly food packaging -- is not pollution," Cady concluded. "It poses no risk to public health or to the environment. In fact, it is the opposite: F


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