source Reddit | title A look at the EPA’s new rules for the environment article source Redditor daschlacken asked the question “why are all these new EPA rules so bad?”
The answer is pretty simple: they’re terrible.
Let’s look at a few examples of the many bad things they do.1.
Mandatory recycling limits The EPA’s rules are supposed to make recycling a better choice than traditional, non-recyclable alternatives.
The rule is meant to be used as a “bulk” recycling rule to make sure everyone recycles the same amount.
In practice, the rule means that you can only use recyclable material for 50% of your total household recycling rate, with the rest going to the landfill.2.
Mandatory composting limits The rules also limit the amount of recyclables that you’re allowed to recycle and compost.
To keep this simple, the EPA limits the number of compostable materials you can compost, from one-third to one-quarter of your household recycling.3.
Recycling and composting fees The rules require that you pay for each recycled or compostable material.
But they also allow you to deduct the amount that you spent on that material.
The rules don’t specify how you can deduct that amount, so it’s up to you.4.
Mandatory limits on disposalThe EPA limits how many times a year you can dispose of recyCLOUD™ materials.
That’s the company’s term for “commercially available materials.”
The EPA says that you have to dispose of the recyCLouD™ material at least once every 12 months.
That means that, unless you recycle all the recyclabLESTS® items within a 12-month period, you can’t dispose of it again in that 12-months.
The EPA doesn’t specify a time frame for when you have an obligation to dispose.5.
Mandatory disposal of compostablesThe rules say that you cannot dispose of compost and non-renewable materials.
The only exception is when the recyCLEVEL™ items in the recycling are in a “non-renewsable condition.”6.
Mandatory use of “nonrenewables” and “recyclables”When you compost or reuse the recyCONCELLED™ items, the rules say you have the option of disposing of those items in a non-retainable or recyCLEVED™ condition.7.
Mandatory nonrenewability requirements The rules allow you not to recycle recyCLEVAL™ items if they are non-compliant with EPA standards.8.
Mandatory limit on recycling and compostable disposalThe rules don.t specify a maximum amount of recycled material that you must use, but they require you to use at least half your household’s recyCLEVE™ recycling rate.9.
Mandatory “baggage removal” limitsThe rules limit how many items you can take out of the recycling bin, and if you take more than half of your recycling rate out of a bag, you’re fined.10.
Mandatory requirement for the recycling industryTo get recycling to move from being an industry that requires people to dispose, to being one that rewards them for recycling, is a difficult problem to solve.
The Clean Air Act, passed in 1970, gives states and localities broad authority to regulate the recycling sector, and the EPA has taken that authority very seriously.
The agency has taken steps to ensure that the industry can thrive.
The rules were written under the assumption that the EPA would enforce the rule in a fair and equitable manner, so they are intended to give communities some leeway to make their own recycling choices.
The new rules are just a step in the right direction.
But, they don’t go far enough.
The regulations should make recycling more sustainable for both consumers and the environment.