New York is currently facing a waste crisis. On average, residents across the state generate about five pounds of trash per day, totaling about 15 million tons of waste statewide annually. 

We need to address this crisis and would like NYS to pass an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program. EPR makes manufacturers of packaging financially responsible for the waste they produce and takes the recycling cost burden off local municipalities. It also incentivizes manufacturers to become more sustainable and reduce the amount of packaging waste they’re generating. Ultimately, EPR will dramatically reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills and contributing to climate change. 

Right now, New York has the opportunity to pass an EPR program in the NYS budget, which is due on April 1st. Would you consider supporting this important bill? 

Please call:

  • Governor Kathy Hochul: 518-474-8390
  • Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins: 518-455-2585
  • Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: 518-455-3791

And say:

  • My name is [NAME] and I’m a resident of [LOCATION].
  • I’m calling to express my support for passing an extender producer responsibility (EPR) program in the state budget.
  • We have a waste crisis in New York and produce approximately 15 million tons of waste each year.
  • Manufacturers must be held accountable for their waste contributions and encouraged to reduce the amount of packaging they use.
  • It’s also critical that we invest in modernizing and expanding our recycling infrastructure to prevent plastic waste from ending up in landfills, incinerators, or the environment.
  • It’s time to take action to reduce our waste and EPR is an important step in the right direction. 

Thank you for your support!