A bill proposed in New York would shift recycling costs from local governments to packaging producers. State Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblyman Steve Englebright from Long Island said the bill would set up a “polluter pays” model that incentivizes manufacturers to share the financial burden of recycling.
Kaminsky said recycling programs have reached a crisis point, as markets for selling recycled materials have dried up. These programs also require expensive new technologies to process materials.
He said the legislation would force companies that produce non-recyclable materials to pay more. “It’s going to create green jobs, which in our economic distress right now is really important,” Kaminsky said. “There’s going to be less bad plastics and unrecyclable material out there, because it’s going to be too expensive to put them out there. Perhaps more importantly for the taxpayers, this is going to help fund a lot of their municipalities’ costs in recovering this material.”