Recycling makes it to the Supreme Court (peripherally)

Recycling makes it to the Supreme Court (peripherally)

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The concept of recycling got its 10 seconds of fame Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court heard oral testimony in case focusing on determining the types of restrictions that can be placed on federal contractors. Several justices were skeptical about federal agencies placing restrictions in contracts that have nothing to do with the contracted task.

In pursuing this topic, Chief Justice John Roberts asked Sri Srinivasan, the U.S. deputy general solicitor, "what if the government has... a strong policy in promoting, you know, recycling, and so they require everybody with whom they do business, every grantee, to adopt a policy in favor of using renewable resources? Any problem with that?" Srinivasan then moved the debate toward assessing the larger issues of federal contractual requirements and conditions.

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