Advanced chemical recycling bill receives initial House approval
March 29, 2022 - The Missouri House today perfected HB 2485 (Knight), a bill that would clarify the status of advanced plastic recycling and recovery facilities that transform post-use plastics into a range of products, including valuable feedstocks for new plastics and chemicals, raw materials for manufacturing, and lower-carbon transportation fuels using the highly technical processes of pyrolysis and de-polymerization.
The bill would allow such businesses to be treated as manufacturing facilities, rather than solid waste facilities, for environmental permitting purposes. Associated Industries of Missouri supports the legislation.
According to a 2019 report by the American Chemistry Council, the potential impact of expanding advanced plastic recycling and recovery technologies in the U.S. could reach nearly $10 billion.
"We want to prepare Missouri law for this new industry that helps the environment by converting plastic waste into new reusable chemicals and products," said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri in testimony supporting the bill.
The bill now faces a second vote in the House before advancing to the Senate for further consideration. To learn more about this process, click here for the full report by the American Chemistry Council.