Pass the Packaging Reduction & Recycling Act in New York

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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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Kim S

plastics are destroying the earth, killing wildlife, polluting rivers and oceans. It cannot be recycled. The oil industry deceived the world and they should pay for cleanups and restoration and most importantly, STOP PRODUCING PLASTICS.

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Pat D

there’s options other than plastic that do not harm the environment

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Patricia S

I like to breathe.

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Cameron B

im signing because plastic is taking over our oceans and planet?

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Nancy C

i care about the footprints we leave for future generations!

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Nannette W

it is obvious

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Gene L

common sense needs to rulethe day.

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Martha H

Should creating air pollution be counted as recycling? Obviously not!!

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Mariann A

This bill needs to be passed! There is too much plastic waste and we dont need more of it! its harmful to all of us, abd the environment

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Cori D

i am sick of throwing plastic into the garbage can.

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Joan K

we have to find a way to stop producing and using plastic, and NO burning of plastic

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Susan M

The continuance of using plastic and manufacturing new plastic=INSANITY.

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Lorrie T

this needs to be national.

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Doris S

Plastics are a blight on the environment. They do not break down or decompose. Ban plastics now.

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Elizabeth M

basic right to life

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Kimberly L

I am actively motivated to purchase food and product with more recyclable or sustainable packaging! i care about the world I leave for my children and their descendants.

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Debbie S

we need for us do not use so much plastic, its ruining our planet.

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ishaan m

I care about this topic

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Houston J

plastic is killing us.

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M. Joellen E

something must be done soon very soon.

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Danielle G

This is a Global crisis, we have Islands🏝 of Non-biodegradeable waste..‼ China has to ship out plastic material waste out in Crates!!🙀🙊🙉🙈🤯🛐☢🚫

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Skye H

Who, with any intelligence, wouldn't? We need to get plastics out of our environment!

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Jennifer T

packaging is out of control! plastic is out of control! Do something!

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Patrice L

i care about our planet’s future

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Arch L

plastic trash is forever

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