EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, right, tours booths at the America Recycles Innovation Fair. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted the first-ever America Recycles Innovation Fair Nov. 14 that featured entrepreneurs from across the recycling system showcasing their innovative products, services, outreach and technologies.
At the fair, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) President Darrell Smith and NWRA Board Chair Ben Harvey presented challenge coins to veterans recognizing their service and commitment to environmental protection.
“I am proud to help launch the first America Recycles Innovation Fair that brought together entrepreneurs from across the recycling system to showcase their innovative products, services, outreach and technologies,” Andrew Wheeler said. “Under the Trump Administration, EPA is working diligently to identify market-based strategies and innovative ideas to create a more sustainable recycling system in America and across the globe. I look forward to continuing our work with our partners to improve infrastructure, develop secondary markets, and more effectively communicate with the public about addressing the entire lifecycle of recycled materials.”
During the Innovation Fair, youth leaders from One More Generation spoke about their campaign to reduce plastic straws.
The innovation fair was hosted by EPA in partnership with the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, Keep America Beautiful, the Solid Waste Association of North America and The Recycling Partnership.
EPA is collaborating with stakeholders from across the recycling system to identify specific actions to address the challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. recycling system. These organizations are committed to leveraging their collective expertise, strengths, and resources to address these challenges and opportunities.