New York is Not Disposable In-Person Advocacy Day

Tuesday, Feb 27 2024, 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM, Off campus (see description)
Tuesday, Feb 27 2024 10:30 AM Tuesday, Feb 27 2024 7:00 PM America/New_York New York is Not Disposable In-Person Advocacy Day We need you! Please join us in Albany on Tuesday, February 27 to let your state legislators know you want them to pass packaging reduction ASAP this year! Off campus (see description) Bennington College

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Please join the New York is Not Disposable Coalition to meet with your state representatives in Albany and urge them to pass a strong Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (S4246-a/A5322-a) and the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (S237/A6353).

We will meet at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 85 Chestnut Street, Albany, 12210 at 10:30 am to hand out materials, orient you, provide a briefing, and get into groups before walking up the street to the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol. Appointments with your legislators will take place between 12:00 and 4:00 pm.

*Downstate NY residents: complimentary bus seats are available. Pickup and drop-off locations are the Tick Tock Diner at 24th Street and 8th Avenue and the New Paltz Thruway Park & Ride. Pickup times will be announced soon. Seats are limited, please RSVP using the form.

Never done this before? Don't be intimidated! Join the virtual event briefing on Thursday, February 22 at 6pm that will cover both of the bills and explain how to make your meetings with your legislators effective.

*Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, February 21. We ask for your address so we will be able to put you in meetings with your state representatives. Your information will not be shared.

Why is this important?

  • Plastic packaging is made from fossil fuels and chemicals.
  • The U.S. is the world's largest plastic polluter.
  • Plastic is responsible for double the emissions as the global aviation industry.
  • Just 5-6% of plastic is recycled in the U.S.
  • Plastic never biodegrades, it just breaks down into smaller microplastics. Microplastics have been found in human blood, hearts, lungs, placentas, and breastmilk.
  • The Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act reduces plastic at the source and makes packaging truly recyclable and less toxic.
  • The Bigger Better Bottle Bill modernizes the current state law, and would recover billions of valuable recyclable containers from the waste stream.

Massive grassroots advocacy is the firewall against Big Plastic's influence. The American Chemistry Council, fossil fuel companies, and consumer brands are in Albany opposing this bill and talking to legislators—we need YOU to add your voice to pass these two major climate and environmental justice bills! For more details, visit our Facebook page.