Hold Manufacturers in New York Accountable for Their Pollution: Pass Bills A10184 and A10185

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Right now, companies are creating crushing amounts of plastic pollution, and New Yorkers are forced to bear the costs. But two new plastics bills could change that and hold manufacturers — not taxpayers — accountable for the pollution they produce.

An unraveling crisis

New York generates more than 17 million tons of municipal solid waste annually, almost one ton per person. Less than one quarter of that waste is recycled. The rest chokes landfills, public spaces, beaches, and waterways. In just one example, studies estimate that at any given moment, 165 million plastic particles are floating in New York Harbor. 

Aside from being a major threat to biodiversity, human health, and quality of life, the cost of managing an ever-growing pile of waste is not cheap. Unclear labeling on plastic products and mixed material goods make separating the recyclable from the non-recyclable an expensive challenge, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions annually.

Garbage sits on a beach in Long Island. Volunteer communities in the Long Island Sound cleaned up over 110,000 pounds of marine debris over an 8 year span–a testament to the astounding amount of waste that finds its way into New York’s tributaries and major bodies of water · Brian Yurasits

The solution

New York lawmakers are currently considering two bills, introduced by Assemblyman Steve Englebright, that will help tackle the problem. The bills include strong measures to make producers bear responsibility for their pollution, a concept known as extended producer responsibility (EPR), as well as an expansion and modernization of New York's successful 40-year-old Bottle Bill. Together, the bills would reduce waste, lower taxes, and help create corporate responsibility in New York.

It’s time to change the economic dynamics of plastics production and waste and put the cost and responsibility of keeping our communities clean on the companies creating the problem.

Add your name to urge New York State legislators to pass Bills A10184 and A10185, and hold producers accountable for their pollution. We’ll keep you up to date on progress.
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Werner K

Der Verursacher dieses Problems haftet dafür, also ziehen wir ihn auch zur Rechenschaft.

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Barry M

Producers and consumers should share in responsible management of their products

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Cyrus C

Plastic alternatives need to happen!

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Teo A


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Elise H

We've put blame on consumers for too long.

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Joan W

because most plastic can't be easily recycled for one thing.

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Joy S

this is our duty as children of mother earth and mother mature. wake up people. before its too late, cause this behavior is past ugly.

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Khlor T

we need to stop

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Dan F

Put the real price on items is the best way to cut waste

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PhaatLadyStephens S

this should have been the case 30 years ago let alone now. lots to fix. extinct means extinct and this is choking the environment plus they can afford…

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Fabian T

I am Satan.

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Mikayla O

responsibility and accountability is the biggest step to change.

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Ray T


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Becky S

NEW YORK is the richest city in the world and can AFFORD alternatives to stop this. They were notorious for dumping from barges for years with NO SHAM…

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Hugo 4

this is not possible that pollution !

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Sara U

Stop the incredible greed of plastic producers and users.

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Lindsey M

The pollution is detrimental to the huge earth, an must be stopped.

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Karin K

we need to take care of our planet and all creatures here on earth

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Tipu S

There is no excuse for plastic production of limited recyclable Products. Despite not being a headline, I personally think this is among the top most…

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Michèle B

I'm signing because manufacturers are BIG polluters and need to pay for the pollution they produce!

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Emma G


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Alex E

this needs to be addressed.

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Tanya C


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John K

Do what is right for a change!

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Lucy Q

I am signing because if we DONT decide to make a change to save our environment, there wont be much of a human population over the next few generation…

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