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Reimagine Recycling

Municipal recycling programs are on the brink of failure after years of financial strain.

For the last several years, as global commodity markets have collapsed and expenses to collect and process recycling have increased, local governments have been forced to pay into an antiquated program flooded with materials that we cannot recycle.  

The Solution

The Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (PRRIA), S.4246-D (Harckham)/A.5322-D (Glick), would provide relief to local governments by establishing an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for packaging.

Counties support EPR for both packaging and paper products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and municipal recycling cots.

The Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (PRRIA) would:

Increase consumer participation and modernize New York’s recycling system at no cost to the state or local governments.

Reduce environmental impacts from manufacturing, collection, processing, recycling, and disposal of consumer packaging.

Protect public health by prohibiting certain toxic and dangerous chemicals in packaging, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Provide an estimated $300 million in financial relief to counties and muncipalities.

Create green jobs associated with material reuse, recovery, and remanufacturing.

EPR for packaging has been successfully implemented for decades in Canadian provinces and throughout Europe and Asia. It’s past time to bring this common-sense solution to New York.


If you have questions about how you can get involved, please email NYSAC’s Legislative/Policy Coordinator, Alexandra Regan, at alamonte[at] 

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