Re: Support for Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging & Paper in the Budget
March 31, 2022
Circular Ventures, LLC • Citizens Campaign for the Environment • Clean and Healthy New York • Closed Loop Partners • Environmental Advocates NY • Natural Resources Defense Council • New York League of Conservation Voters • New York Product Stewardship Council • NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling • NYS Association of Counties • NYS Conference of Mayors • Pack Green Coalition • Product Stewardship Institute • Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter • Sims Municipal Recycling • The Association of Plastic Recyclers • The Recycling Partnership
March 31, 2022
Honorable Carl Heastie
Albany, NY 12248
RE: Support for Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging & Paper in the Budget
Dear Speaker Heastie:
We, the undersigned, representing environmental organizations, local and international businesses, local governments, product stewardship organizations, and other waste management stakeholders, respectfully urge you to come to an agreement on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging and printed paper in the final SFY 2022-23 budget.
Governor Hochul and the NYS Senate have proposed EPR programs in their respective budget proposals for SFY 2022-23. With Chairman Englebright conveying to us that his proposal will be released shortly, the current budget negotiation is the best opportunity for you and your partners in government to create a final EPR program that addresses the state’s solid waste and recycling crisis.
New York State is facing a solid waste and recycling crisis that requires urgent action. New York taxpayers are footing the bill of skyrocketing solid waste and recycling expenses while landfills are reaching capacity, plastic is ending up in our waterways and on roadsides, and greenhouse gases are contributing to the global climate crisis. Local governments outside of NYC are paying an estimated $80 million annually to keep recycling programs alive, while NYC is estimated to spend over $100 million a year. Communities are being forced to pull back on recycling services, or worse, having to consider shuttering programs altogether.
New York State cannot afford to wait any longer to address our growing solid waste and recycling crisis. The status quo is unsustainable, and a major change is needed. Based on decades of experience from around the world, EPR is a proven, cost-effective solution to fix recycling, reduce waste and pollution, and save local governments money. Equally compelling is the ability of EPR legislation to encourage waste prevention, greater recyclability, increased recycled content and the removal of toxic chemicals in packaging.
Given the fiscal implications being faced by local governments and the urgent need to implement a solution to our solid waste crisis this year, we feel strongly that Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging and printed paper must be adopted as part of the final SFY 2022-23 budget. Thank you for your consideration.
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
New York League of Conservation Voters
Clean and Healthy New York
Environmental Advocates NY
Eric A. Goldstein
New York City Environment Director
Natural Resources Defense Council
New York Product Stewardship Council
Chief Executive Officer/Founder
Product Stewardship Institute, Inc
NYSAR3 (New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling)
Stephen J. Acquario
NYS Association of Counties (NYSAC)
Peter A. Baynes
NYS Conference of Mayors
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Sims Municipal Recycling
Michael P. Washburn, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Advisor
The Recycling Partnership
Founder & CEO
Closed Loop Partners
President & CEO
Association of Plastic Recyclers
President and CEO
Pack Green Coalition
Founder Circular Ventures, LLC
Cc: Honorable Kathy Hochul, NYS Governor Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senate Majority Leader