The New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management Launches Recycling Website on Earth Day
DEC and SUNY ESF Partner to Help Reduce Recycling Confusion, Improve Recycling Quality Statewide
Today, the New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management (NYS Center for SMM), based at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), launched a first-of-its-kind statewide recycling website to address residential recycling confusion and contamination across the State. Visitors to RecycleRightNY.org will learn about the value of everyday materials and why it is important to recycle correctly.
The Recycle Right NY campaign was originally launched by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) after a series of recycling stakeholder meetings in 2018 to jump start discussion aimed at addressing challenges facing New York’s recycling system. Campaign management was transitioned to the Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions (SU-CSCS), a core partner with the NYS Center for SMM. The SU-CSCS team worked with more than 100 New York state recycling professionals to further build out this important resource.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “New York leads the nation in educating the public on the importance of reducing solid waste through reduction, reuse, and recycling. DEC launched the Recycle Right NY campaign working with recycling professionals, and we are eager to expand this effort through our partnership with ESF. All New Yorkers can do their part to ensure we reduce waste and improve recycling, and this outreach and education effort will connect communities with the tools they need to develop best practices for assisting residents in recycling materials from the waste stream into viable commodities for manufacturing.”
“The Recycle Right NY website is a critical first step to reinvigorate the State’s recycling industry, reduce waste and to address recycling confusion,” said Kate Walker, the NYS Center for SMM’s Project Director, “The NYS Center for SMM is pleased to serve as a convener for this effort to engage key stakeholders. We look forward to continuing the critical work of re-imagining ways to strengthen our economy and environment through waste reduction and recycling.”