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Pass the Packaging Reduction & Recycling Act in New York

24,343 signatures. Let’s get to 25K

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.

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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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MATTEO B

must obligatory to refuse this old way to consider the nature a garbage bin

4 weeks ago
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Ruby M

Plastic takes 1000 years to decompose and it’s awful for our planet Earth.

1 month ago
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Tràcy A

Enough is enough!!

2 months ago
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Alex C

To reduce plastic pollution

2 months ago
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Julie B

I don't want the World to die.

2 months ago
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Kezia D

I am signing because in about seven years, the Earth will have had irreversible damage made to it. Unless we can cut our greenhouse emissions and some…

2 months ago
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Marilee H

earth is drowning in plastic pollution!

2 months ago
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Izabela F

it is a desperately needed change

2 months ago
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Jan F

i am signing because we must cut down waste and protect our planet

2 months ago
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Akshay P

I care for my planet and the only home we all share.

2 months ago
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Cheyrol Serge C

Je signe car ces encombrements me dégoûtent je suis très malheureux de voir dans quel etat l'Homme a mis sa planète ! Comme l'ont dit bien avant moi d…

2 months ago
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Anne B

this overuse of plastic needs to stop .

3 months ago
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sarah F

we have to stop the out of sight out of mind mentality and causing deaths of ocean creatures that provide food for other people and exporting the prob…

3 months ago
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Grace B

We must do something to reduce our toxic footprint somehow.

3 months ago
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Iindsay R

There's too much plastic being produced that's used one freaking time!

3 months ago
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Vance R

Why isn't this already history? This should be bare basic necessity in ever state.

3 months ago
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Summer M

We need netter recycling practices.

3 months ago
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martha c

i love earth

3 months ago
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Kathleen C

just look at the photo..

3 months ago
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Luisa E

i dont want any MORE plastics in the oceans, soul, food or my body

3 months ago
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Kayah V

it’s common sense.

3 months ago
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Ana B

Any action is appreciated.

3 months ago
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Kristina F

i care

3 months ago
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Maria B

we are killing Mother Earth and is a lot of polutiion for the eart and we are breathing the worst air in history

3 months ago
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YSOBEL M

we should be producing paper and more biodegradable material, you do not need to but a bottle of water so often, use a reusable one. paper or somethin…

3 months ago
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