assembly Bill A7668

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to false claims about recyclability and plastic container labelling

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 02, 2021 reported referred to ways and means
May 24, 2021 reported referred to codes
May 19, 2021 referred to environmental conservation

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A7668 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S7375
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§27-0511 & 27-0513, En Con L

A7668 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides that it is deceptive to misrepresent that a product or package is recyclable unless it can be collected, separated or otherwise recovered from the waste stream through an established recycling program for reuse or use in manufacturing or assembling another item; requires the department of environmental conservation to develop regulations on types and forms of plastic products and packaging for which a claim of recyclability may be made; requires all rigid plastic containers sold in this state be labeled with a code that indicates the resin used to produce such container; makes related provisions.

A7668 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7668
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 19, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the
   Committee on Environmental Conservation
 
 AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to false
   claims about recyclability and plastic container labelling
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  The  Legislature finds and declares that it is the public
 policy of the state that environmental marketing claims, whether explic-
 it or  implied,  should  be  substantiated  by  competent  and  reliable
 evidence to prevent deceiving or misleading consumers about the environ-
 mental  impact  of  plastic products. For consumers to have accurate and
 useful information about the environmental impact of  plastic  products,
 environmental  marketing  claims should adhere to uniform and recognized
 standards.
   The Legislature further finds and declares that it is the public poli-
 cy of the state that claims related to the recyclability  of  a  plastic
 product be truthful in practice and accurate. Consumers deserve accurate
 and useful information related to how to properly handle the end of life
 of a plastic product.
   §  2.  The  environmental  conservation law is amended by adding a new
 section 27-0511 to read as follows:
 § 27-0511. RECYCLING TRUTH IN LABELING.
   1. IT IS DECEPTIVE TO MISREPRESENT, DIRECTLY OR BY IMPLICATION, THAT A
 PRODUCT OR PACKAGE IS RECYCLABLE UNLESS IT CAN BE COLLECTED,  SEPARATED,
 OR  OTHERWISE  RECOVERED  FROM  THE  WASTE STREAM THROUGH AN ESTABLISHED
 MECHANICAL OR MANUAL RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR REUSE OR USE IN MANUFACTURING
 OR ASSEMBLING ANOTHER ITEM.
   2. NO PERSON SHALL OFFER FOR SALE, SELL OR DISTRIBUTE ANY  PRODUCT  OR
 PACKAGING  FOR  WHICH A DECEPTIVE OR MISLEADING CLAIM ABOUT THE RECYCLA-
 BILITY OF THE PRODUCT OR PACKAGING IS MADE.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD11094-02-1