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DEC promotes ‘New York Recycles Day’ to enhance statewide recycling efforts

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has called for statewide participation in celebrating ‘New York Recycles Day’ on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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This day, aligning with the national America Recycles Day, aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and sustainable waste management practices. Seggos emphasized the vital role of recycling in keeping communities clean, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and decreasing the burden of waste disposal on New York’s municipalities. He urged New Yorkers to adopt the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle, to safeguard the environment and preserve natural resources for future generations.

In observance of ‘New York Recycles Day,’ individuals, community groups, businesses, schools, and government agencies across the state are encouraged to engage in activities that promote waste reduction. These include starting recycling programs in offices or schools, hosting reuse exchanges, and improving awareness of local recycling requirements. The DEC’s website provides tips for supporting the day and further information can be found on the Keep America Beautiful America Recycles Day website. New York State has been at the forefront of recycling initiatives, including the Solid Waste Management Act, which has spurred local source-separation programs and helped divert millions of tons of recyclable materials from landfills.

Furthering its commitment to environmental stewardship, New York State has implemented various programs to encourage waste diversion. These include extended producer responsibility for electronic equipment, safe disposal options for mercury thermostats and pharmaceuticals, and the promotion of rechargeable batteries and used paint collection. The state’s Bag Waste Reduction Act, banning single-use plastic bags, and a ban on expanded polystyrene food containers have significantly reduced hard-to-recycle items in the waste stream. The DEC also partners with research institutions to tackle recycling challenges and increase public awareness of best practices. New Yorkers are encouraged to ‘Recycle Right’ by following local recycling guidelines, keeping recyclables clean and dry, and avoiding contamination to ensure the quality and marketability of recycled materials.



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