1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Environmental Conservation
  4. Article 37: Substances Hazardous or Acutely Hazardous to Public Health, Safety or the Environment
  5. Title 2: Hazardous Packaging

Section 37-0201 Legislative findings and intent

Environmental Conservation (ENV)

  The legislature finds and declares that:

  1. The management of solid waste can pose a wide range of hazards to public health and safety and to the environment; and

  2. Packaging comprises a significant percentage of the overall solid waste stream; and

  3. The presence of heavy metals in packaging is a part of the total concern in light of their likely presence in emissions or ash when packaging is incinerated, or in leachate when packaging is landfilled; and

  4. Lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium, on the basis of available scientific and medical evidence, are of particular concern; and

  5. It is desirable as a first step in reducing the toxicity of packaging waste to eliminate the addition of these heavy metals to packaging; and

  6. The intent of this title is to achieve this reduction in toxicity without impeding or discouraging the expanded use of post-consumer materials in the production of packaging and its components.