Engelbright’s next EPR bill is the best choice

Of course, the plastics industries would like to be in charge of any “extended producer responsibility” plan to regulate how they produce and dispose of plastic packaging (“Plastic Policy Questions Remain,” 4 april). What fox wouldn’t willingly volunteer to run the chicken coop?

The news that ExxonMobil is spending thousands of dollars to lobby Governor Kathy Hochul’s plan to delegate the design of an EPR plan to industries that package products in plastic makes me wonder what interests would be protected – I guess that it is not that of the planet.

The Climate Action Council’s recently released draft action plan recommends EPR as a way to tackle the problem of landfills, which currently release 15% of the country’s methane. We must, however, ensure that EPR provisions are rigorous and backed by sufficient levels of funding to ensure vigorous enforcement.

For that, we need clear legislation like Assemblyman Steve Engelbright’s future EPR bill and the Bigger, Better Bottle bill currently under consideration.

All can agree that we need a circular economy, one in which as much waste as possible is recycled for reuse. The question is, has the private sector done a good job creating a circular economy so far? Our overflowing landfills and roadsides suggest that is not the case.

Sara Rebecca Storch

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