Pass the Packaging Reduction & Recycling Act in New York

21,370 signed. Let’s get to 25K.
with Surfrider Foundation and Beyond Plastics

Update: New York lawmakers did not pass the Packaging Reduction & Recycling Act in the 2023 legislative session, but the bill, and all efforts to pass it, will carry over into 2024.

Add your name to the petition, and we’ll deliver your signature to key New York lawmakers.

Right now, New Yorkers have no control over how much single-use packaging is pumped into the market by retailers and companies. As a result, companies have spent decades creating crushing amounts of plastic pollution and waste, and New Yorkers have been forced to bear the costs. 

But a new bill that’s backed by environmental groups across New York could turn the plastics crisis on its head. 

The Packaging Reduction and Recycling Act (A.5322/S.4246) would require companies to:

  • Reduce their packaging by 50% in 12 years.

  • Make the remaining packaging truly reusable or recyclable.

  • Get certain toxic chemicals out of packaging.

  • Pay to clean up their packaging waste by reimbursing municipalities and taxpayers for the collection and processing of those materials.

  • Prohibit incineration and "chemical recycling" from counting as recycling.

Nearly all packaging that cannot be reused or effectively recycled is made of plastic. New York City alone trashes 1,579,600 pounds of plastic bottles and jugs every week, and spends $425 million each year to export its waste to incinerators and landfills – which comes directly out of taxpayers’ pockets.  

Even worse, much of the waste finds its way to waterways, where it can choke wildlife, leach toxic chemicals, and threaten human health. Fenceline communities where plastic is produced suffer toxic pollution that contributes to disease and lower quality of life.

For people and for the planet, New York must use this critical opportunity to pass the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Act. But our window to pass this legislation is closing – we only have until June 8th, when New York’s lawmakers break for the year. 

Can you raise your voice, and help us hold manufacturers accountable for their pollution? Sign the petition, and tell legislators to pass the Packing Reduction and Recycling Act.

In partnership,

Surfrider Foundation and Only One

Click here to view the official petition language, which we will deliver to New York lawmakers.

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Alondra R

new york needs this.

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Cyrus C

It is important to reduce our reliance on plastic products and begin using more environmentally friendly alternatives.

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Christian B

The state of New York is digressing into a city-wide landfill. The city will lose its allure if pollution couples with skyrocketing expenses. Find a w…

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Leonie S

i want to have a future with mother nature.

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Anayeli S


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Anastasia B

im tired of seeing so much bad and so much losing their life because of our horrible and careless people ! its time for s clean up!

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Inna K

we need to REDUCE WASTE!!

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Bettey H

the build up of plastic waste is getting ridiculous

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Hasna K

I am signing because we need to protect our earth for our children and grandchildren

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Michelle R


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cheylea b

thats just dirty

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Lucy D

there is too much overconsumption in the world and there needs to be an alternative to plastic

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Delilah B


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Cathy T

the world has to drastically cut plastic

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Wendy N

We need change.

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Susan H

i recetly moved from Nassau County to Queens in New York and I am assounded that Queens doesnt recycle at all and is more populated.

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alex g

I care!

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Michelle G

I want to see a better world. A lot of packaging is unnecessary but our home .. yes it is

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Jaelynn S

This needs to stop.

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Emma H

less non-degradable waste is a no brainer. we should be taking it seriously

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Samantha M


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Pamela O

Heavy reductions in single use packaging and moving to reusable, circular solutions are vital steps to improving the health of the planet and all its…

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Michelle C

it is clear our earth is dying and plati s sre detroying our earth. Not to mention most of our recycling is shipped out overseas and they’re not able…

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Annie D

packaging is out of control

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Quynh H


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