New York Gov. Hochul's budget proposal calls for packaging EPR by 2026

January 21, 2022

Originally published in WasteDive on January 21, 2022.
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has made extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging a priority for her first term by including a provision in her executive budget and calling for the program to start as early as 2026. Her first State of the State report last week called the effort a "landmark proposal" that would help raise recycling rates and divert material from landfills. 
  • The proposal calls for producers to either comply with the EPR law individually or join a producer responsibility organization, and producers would need to come up with the details of how to cover the costs of the program and reimburse municipalities or other participating service providers. An advisory committee of stakeholders would consult on more specific details of the plan.