The New York Product Stewardship Council works to implement the principles of product stewardship in New York State and nationally by:
- Developing and recommending workable product stewardship policies and providing educational tools to individuals, organizations, institutions, local governments, the state legislature and elected officials.
- Providing effective leadership and guidance on product stewardship initiatives.
- Coordinating and participating in product stewardship initiatives locally, regionally and nationally.
- Working with manufacturers and their trade associations to develop and implement workable product stewardship initiatives.
- Educating manufacturers, the public, elected officials and other decision makers on the benefits of product stewardship.
- Providing a forum for the exchange of information regarding existing and proposed product stewardship programs.
- Evaluating and, where necessary, recommending improvements to product stewardship programs once they are instituted.
Product stewardship policies shift waste management off taxpayers in order to reduce public costs. Such policies can also promote improvements in product and packaging design creating environmental sustainability. Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility laws and policies have many benefits:
- Shift waste management costs off taxpayers and into the cost of the product
- Reduced waste destined for landfills and waste to energy facilities
- Improved product and packaging design for recycling and materials recovery
- Economic development in new industries and job growth within New York State