Advocacy Day & Rally to Pass the NY Packaging Reduction Act and Bigger Better Bottle Bill

Start: Tuesday, February 27, 202410:30 AM

End: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 4:00 PM

Location:Meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church85 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY 12210 US

Host Contact Info: alexisgoldsmith@bennington.edu

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 across the street to the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol Building.

Community members are invited to a Rally on the Million Dollar Staircase (3rd floor inside the Capitol Building) at 3pm.


***THE BUS IS NOW FULL***

*Bus information for downstate residents who RSVP'd for the bus.

Pickup and drop off locations:

The bus will pick up passengers at the Tick Tock Diner at W 34th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan at 7am.
The bus will depart from Albany at 4:30 pm, arriving back at the Tick Tock Diner at approximately 7pm.
Seats are limited, please RSVP using the form!

*Carpooling may be available. Click here to view carpool options, start, or join a pool.

Never done an advocacy day 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. Each meeting will have a team leader and you will be well supported.

*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!
If you need accommodations for accessibility, please contact Alexis Goldsmith at alexisgoldsmith@bennington.edu. We will do our best to make meeting with your legislators as accessible as possible.
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