Packaging reduction push in New York meets cost concerns

By Marie J. French | 05/17/2024 06:23 AM EDT

The goal is to mandate that producers of packaged consumer goods fund the recycling or disposal of what they sell.

An assortment of vegan, organic, locally sourced, and wild caught food products all using plastic packaging, sit in a shopping cart at a grocery store in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

New York is pushing a bill that would lower the use of plastic in many products and put more onus on manufacturers to make changes. Gerald Herbert/AP

ALBANY, New York — Democratic lawmakers are still fine-tuning a sweeping measure aimed at reducing the amount of plastic and packaging trash headed to the state’s crammed landfills.

The rebranded extended producer responsibility bill seeks to reduce the amount of packaging being used, increase recyclability and charge producers of consumer goods for the costs of disposing of packaging that mostly ends up in landfills.

But tweaks are still expected to the current version, and some lawmakers have concerns about the costs for consumers with the legislative session set to end June 6.


Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said there are still conversations ongoing.