Bipartisan infrastructure law led by Sinema and shaped by Kelly provides $693,192 for the state of Arizona through the newly-established Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grant program
WASHINGTON – $693,192 will be invested in Arizona recycling infrastructure and waste management systems from the bipartisan infrastructure law led by Senator Kyrsten Sinema and shaped by Senator Mark Kelly.
The investment was awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newly-established Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) grant program, which was created and funded through Sinema and Kelly’s landmark infrastructure law.
“My bipartisan infrastructure law continues to deliver meaningful, lasting results for Arizona. I’m proud to announce today’s funding from the law will improve waste management systems for Arizona cities and towns – helping ensure a healthier environment and stronger economy for Arizona communities,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure law.
“These resources support long-term investments in our waste management systems that will keep Arizona communities clean and healthy for decades to come,” said Kelly.
Arizona will use the $693,192 to develop a new Solid Waste and Materials Management plan that will serve as a long-term framework for materials management planning, implementation of plans, and data collection improvement. The plan will summarize and assess current post-consumer materials management efforts, review Arizona’s current tracking system, and identify ways to facilitate collaboration. The plan also will identify broad objectives and policies that support recycling, address environmental hazards, increase educational and economic opportunities, and coordinate guided post-consumer materials management efforts across Arizona.
Sinema and Kelly’s bipartisan infrastructure law provides $275 million total from fiscal year 2022 to fiscal year 2026 for grants authorized under the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act – the largest investment in recycling in 30 years.
Sinema led bipartisan Senate negotiations with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio that included Senator Kelly and senators from both parties.
The bipartisan infrastructure law was supported by groups including The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, The National Association of Manufacturers, The AFL-CIO, The National Retail Federation, The Bipartisan Policy Center, North America’s Building Trades Unions, the Outdoor Industry Association, The American Hotel and Lodging Association, The National Education Association, as well as hundreds of mayors across all 50 states.