Feb 29

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Posted on February 29, 2024 at 9:11 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

EPRHave you heard about Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship? Both are policy approaches that are implemented in New York State, and they're all about changing the way we manage products throughout their lifecycle.

With EPR, the financial responsibility for the environmentally responsible end-of-life management cost of products is shifted from consumers and the public sector to the manufacturers of those products. In a Product Stewardship approach, consumers might pay a small fee to fund proper end-of-life management or recycling of the covered product. Government oversight ensures that EPR and Product Stewardship programs are effective and equitable.

The benefits of EPR and Product Stewardship are diverse - from reduced waste and pollution to economic advantages and a healthier environment. It's clear that they have the potential to shape a more sustainable future in New York.

The combined efforts of EPR and Product Stewardship demonstrate New York's commitment to responsible environmental stewardship. We look forward to the positive impact on our state's sustainability.

Current EPR programs exist in NY for: electronics, rechargeable batteries, mercury thermostats, and pharmaceuticals. A new EPR program for carpet is scheduled to begin in July of 2026.

Current Product Stewardship laws exist in NY for: returnable beverage containers (Bottle Bill), lead-acid batteries, tires, wireless telephones, paint, plastic bags and film plastics.

To learn more about EPR and Product Stewardship in NYS, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66746.html.

Adapted from RRNY Resources.

Feb 23

Celebrating 40 Years of the Bottle Bill in New York!

Posted on February 23, 2024 at 3:14 PM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

Bottle Bill40 years ago, the Returnable Container Act, commonly known as the Bottle Bill, was enacted in New York State. The law placed a 5-cent deposit on certain beverages in plastic, glass, and metal containers that consumers can return to get their deposit back. This small deposit creates a powerful economic incentive for recycling. Since the Act went into effect, redemption rates have averaged 65 percent for covered containers while non-deposit states only reach about 24 percent. The Bottle Bill further benefits our communities and environment by reducing beverage container litter by 75 percent. 

Items covered by New York’s Bottle Bill currently include glass, metal and plastic beverage containers less than 1 gallon in size which contain carbonated soft drinks, beer and other malt beverages, mineral water, soda water, and water that does not contain sugar. Join us in celebrating this important law!

Adapted from RRNY Resources.

Feb 15

Recycling Update: New Materials Accepted

Posted on February 15, 2024 at 11:09 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

ThermoformWe have some exciting changes to what is accepted with your household recycling to share with you. Thermoform plastics are now accepted. These are clear plastic packages that include berry containers, salad containers, and clamshell containers.

Clear plastic cups are also now accepted with your household recycling. These are cups you might get an iced coffee or other to-go beverage in when you are out and about. Colored plastic cups, like the typical red kind, are not accepted at this time.

What changed? A few things. One is new technology being utilized at the Materials Recovery Facility that allows the sortation of these materials. Second, there have also been upgrades at the plastic processors that allow them to more effectively process this material to be turned into new products.

It always important to remember that recycling changes, what is and is not accepted can sometimes be updated. We’ll keep you informed on our website and by articles on our blog. You can find both at OntarioCountyRecycles.org.