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Recycling coalition launches initiative

DUBLIN — Arley Owens, executive director for the Ohio Recycling Coalition, announced the national launch of an economic power driver, “America 2.0 Strategic Strike Stimulus, Made in America NOW!”

“The Ohio Recycling Coalition’s leadership team made a critical business assistance decision to help America’s recycling industry,” Owens said in a press release announcing the plans. “To accomplish this, the Ohio Recycling Coalition will champion promoting the reduction of the dependence of overseas factories to manufacture goods and products made from the recycled materials such as plastic, steel, aluminum, glass, e-waste, corrugated, textiles and styrofoam shipped to them by America’s recycling industry.”

E. Louise Holliday, president of the Ohio Recycling Coalition and the Jefferson County education coordinator for the JB Green Team Solid Waste Authority which serves Jefferson and Belmont Counties, said the initiative is important.

“The Ohio Recycling Coalition’s America 2.0 Strategic Strike Stimulus, Made in America NOW! was formulated to spark a national movement centered on bringing back and restarting America’s manufacturing and fabrication of products and goods made from recycled material as feedstock,” Holliday said.

“(It) has the capability to create jobs, provide gainful employment and training for America’s unemployed or underemployed. Promoting Made in America NOW’s Seven Point Plan will become the framework to revitalize, rebuild and restore America’s Recycling Manufacturing Industry.”

Sophia Huda, vice president, for the Ohio Recycling Coalition said, “We must turn to ourselves, the recycling, waste management and sustainable industry to restart, reset, retool and revive our recycling industry.

“America has the wherewithal, the engineering capability and the vacant or underutilized factories, store fronts, deserted shopping centers necessary for new use manufacturing, fabrication and fashion centers.

“Together we will and can make this happen.”

The power plan includes:

¯ Passage of a Federal 2020 Recycling Reset Made in America NOW! Stimulus Bill that would allocate funds to bring on line new sustainable businesses housed in renovated vacant factories and buildings.

¯ Bring back recycling and sustainable related jobs to America and create new business opportunities, business ventures, new entrepreneurs and jobs paying a living wage or more.

¯ Create and maintain a supply chain for buying and using recycled materials from America companies. These materials will become feedstock for new products and goods made in the USA in renovated, retrofitted, retooled and reset with new manufacturing equipment.

¯ Close the manufacturing, marketing, distribution recycling loop by using the recycled and repurposed material now being shipped overseas to manufacture and fabricate goods and products manufactured from recycled or repurposed material.

¯ Renovate vacant stores and shopping centers and turn them into buy recycled and sustainable sales and display centers which will include remanufacturing and sustainable businesses, professional services, training and trade schools.

¯ Establish and maintain a sustaining financial loan and grant foundation center specifically for the recycling and sustainable business industry.

¯ Create an online ORC America 2.0 Made in America NOW! Employment Opportunities and Career Center to include an internship program and the ORC America 2.0 Environmental Leadership Academy.

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