The Mission of the New York Product Stewardship Council (Council) is to promote product stewardship as the priority policy for solid waste management. 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 create many benefits:
- Reducing waste destined for landfills and waste to energy facilities
- Improved product design for recycling and materials recovery
- Economic development in new industries and jobs within New York State
What is Product Stewardship?
Product Stewardship is an environmental management strategy that places responsibility for minimizing a product’s environmental impact on those who design, produce, sell or use that product. It means simply that a manufacturer, the seller and whoever uses the product must consider and be financially responsible for the final disposal or recycling of the product. The producer and user must minimize the product’s environmental impact throughout all stages of the products’ life cycle, including end of life management. The greatest responsibility lies with whoever has the most ability to affect the full life cycle environmental impacts of the product. This is most often the producer of the product, though all who sell, buy or use the product have a part to play in the product at the end of life.