This week, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced proposed regulations governing the management of solid waste to better protect public health and the environment. The enhancements would affect how DEC regulates different types of waste and how waste can be repurposed, as well as actions to combat climate change and ensure the ongoing protection of water quality, air quality, and quality of life for New Yorkers.
“Solid waste is a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, and continuously enhancing waste management practices plays a key role in New York’s efforts to address climate change,” Seggos says. “With these draft regulations, DEC is advancing policies that will reduce waste at its source and prevent waste from heading to our landfills. Effective waste management is an ongoing and evolving task, but it’s one that New York is prepared to meet head-on as we advance our ongoing efforts to support cleaner and healthier communities and protect our natural resources statewide.”
For information on July hearings, and to read the full text of the proposed amendments, click here.