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New York State Solid Waste Management Plan

Draft New York State Solid Waste Management Plan: Building the Circular Economy Through Sustainable Materials Management (2023 - 2032)

To protect communities and mitigate the effects of climate change, the New York State Solid Waste Management Plan (Plan) builds upon sustained efforts to reduce waste and advance the state's transition to a circular economy, helping to change New Yorkers' understanding of waste and their relationship to it. The Plan intends to guide actions over the next decade, from the beginning of 2023 to the end of 2032, and builds upon the State's 2010 Beyond Waste Plan.

The Plan sets forth six major Focus Areas with goals and action items to move the circular economy and materials management industry forward in New York State:

  • Waste Prevention, Reduction, and Reuse
  • Recycling and Recycling Market Development and Resiliency
  • Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Organics Reduction and Recycling
  • Toxics in Products
  • Design and Operation of Solid Waste Management Facilities and Related Activities

View the Plan (posted March 15, 2023)

Public Comment Period Closed June 29

Persons wishing to comment on the draft New York State Solid Waste Management Plan had the opportunity to submit written comments until June 29, 2023. The public comment period is currently closed.

Informational Webinar on Draft New York State Solid Waste Management Plan
DEC hosted an informational webinar on the Plan Tuesday April 11, 2023. During this time DEC reviewed key elements of the Plan and answered questions from attendees.

Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy (2010 - 2020)

New York State's Beyond Waste Plan set forth a new path for solid waste management. The plan shifted from a perspective of focusing on "end-of-the-pipe" waste management techniques to looking "upstream" and more comprehensively at how materials that would otherwise become waste could be more sustainably managed through the state's economy. This shift was central to the state's ability to adapt to an age of growing pressure to reduce demand for energy, reduce dependence on disposal, minimize emission of greenhouse gases and create green jobs.

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Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP) Development

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