Washington, March 25, 2022 – The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (SFPA), which includes global food companies Danone North America, Mars, Incorporated, Nestlé USA, and Unilever United States, urges New York State policymakers to keep Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the New York State Budget for FY2023. Including this proposal in the FY2023 budget would help fund much-needed infrastructure improvements in the state’s recycling facilities – not on the shoulders of taxpayers, but through a new public-private partnership that will move New York State toward a better and more efficient recycling system.
EPR creates a new funding source for much-needed infrastructure improvements in existing recycling facilities, and incentivizes brands and producers to continue increasing their recyclable product packaging portfolios. We’ve long advocated for EPR programs that can make recycling infrastructure improvements via funds derived from fees collected from brand owners and based on community needs.
This program will not only set the bar for EPR programs nationally, but make end-to-end system changes that will truly transform New York’s waste management system into a circular economy. Our support for this proposal is a natural reflection of work by SFPA to advance modern and efficient packaging and recycling policies at the state and national level.
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About the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance
The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance seeks to accelerate the pace of change in the food industry through individual company leadership and collective support for public policies that raise the bar and inspire further action in this critical journey. As some of the world’s best-known food companies, founding members Danone North America, Mars, Incorporated, Nestlé USA, and Unilever United States recognize our responsibility to drive positive change for the people who use our products, the people who supply them, and the planet on which we all rely. To learn more about the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, visit www.foodpolicyalliance.org.