State Dept. of Environmental Conservation introduces changes to NY’s waste management rules

Published: May. 19, 2022 at 4:45 PM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 5:31 PM EDT
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(WBNG) -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has proposed new modifications to the state’s waste management governing rules.

According to the NYSDEC, the new regulations would further reinforce and protect public health and the environment by changing how the state can regulate different types of waste and how they are repurposed and recycled.

The proposed changes would also take action to ensure the ongoing effort to protect water quality and air quality for communities throughout New York.

“They are all pointed towards protecting the environment and making sure that only waste that goes to the landfills or combustors needs to go there,” said Rick Clarkson, who is with the NYSDEC’s Divison of Materials Management. “We are trying to maximize the amount of recycling and ‘reuse’ that is available and that benefits everyone.”

The NYSDEC is taking public comment on the proposed rules until July 25.

Follow this link for a full draft of the regulation changes.

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