It has been said that two powerful traits are currently being experienced by fervent recyclers — frustration and impatience. There is widespread frustration over the ever-diminishing number of materials that are accepted for recycling, and impatience over the scarcity of doable national legislation that addresses the issue.

Relief may be on the way. The publication, Waste Dive, suggests that 2020 could be the year of legislative pro-action for recycling. An influx of legislation in Congress aims to tackle problems facing the recycling industry, addressing issues such as single-use plastics, education, industry infrastructure, and supply chain challenges. Editors of Waste Dive have tracked and reported on several bills already in play. Some have significant backing from industry, while others are strongly opposed.

Judie Butterfield is chairman of the borough’s Recycling Committee and can be reached at 717-337-0724 or

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