NYPIRG is once again participating in Giving Tuesday – a global day of generosity that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world – and we are asking for your help!
Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity for you to join our urgent efforts and help us:
- Fight climate change and government corruption
- Protect drinking water and consumer rights
- Improve health care and mass transit
- Reduce inequality and pollution
- Promote higher education and voter participation
Your financial support is critical to our continued success, but especially so right now, as state leaders are beginning post-election discussions on next year's agenda. So please return to our homepage on Tuesday, November 29 to donate – or give today!
Thank you so much!
It was 40 years ago that the highly effective New York State Returnable Container Act, commonly known as the "Bottle Bill," went into effect. 2023 is the time for it to be expanded and modernized! It is now essential that the governor hear from New Yorkers about the state’s continuing solid waste crisis. NYPIRG just launched a petition to demand action on recycling, so PLEASE SIGN TODAY!
The Bigger Better Bottle Bill was recently introduced in the New York State Legislature. This critical bill will increase recycling, reduce solid waste, and boost recycling accessibility. We are calling on the governor to prioritize it in the upcoming Executive Budget.
The state's solid waste crisis is at a critical level and recycling, reuse, and reduction rates must improve or else landfills will fill past capacity and incinerators will continue to spew toxic waste by burning garbage, often into environmental justice communities.
Reducing the amount of plastic waste – and waste in general – is a critical way to avoid "doomsday" environmental scenarios. The bill (A.10184/S.9164) to modernize and expand the Bottle Bill will do three main things:
- Expand the Bottle Bill to include wine, spirits, hard cider, and most non-carbonated beverages. A deposit system can dramatically reduce litter and solid waste that would otherwise be discarded. Many other states have already added these containers to their laws.
- Increase the deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents and use revenues to support recycling equity. States with higher deposit fees have higher redemption rates. Increasing the deposit could also generate more revenues for the state, with those additional funds being used to address limits on redemption options in low-income communities and other litter and solid waste problems.
- Boost accessibility. Enforcement of the law is spotty. The update can boost enforcement and expand redemption centers in "food deserts" that limit consumers' ability to redeem their deposits.
Thank you for your help!
Where: Albany, Buffalo, Freeport, Ithaca, Kingston, New York City, Rochester, and Syracuse
Make Polluters Pay!
At rallies all across New York State, NYPIRG joinined the NY Renews coalition to launch the Climate, Jobs & Justice Campaign.
When the state's landmark climate law was passed back in 2019, it was a huge win for the grassroots climate justice movement in New York. But three years after its passage, our hard-fought climate act still is not fully funded. This is a dangerous precedent that we cannot accept.
We are fighting for a package that will build renewable energy for all and protect our communities from extreme weather and pollution – while ensuring that the biggest polluters pay what they owe! Environmental policy priorities include the Climate Change Superfund Act and the Fossil Fuel Subsidies Elimination Act.
Thank you for your help!
When: 1 PM
Where: Chase Bank branch on Broadway and Murray Street in Manhattan
Public Bank NYC gave out "awards" to the worst Wall Street banks – including worst investor in the fossil fuel industry, worst "redliner," worst supporter of luxury housing development, and more!
When: 3 to 6 PM
Where: CUNY Graduate Center's Proshansky Auditorium in Manhattan
On Friday, September 23, NYPIRG – along with Donald Ross’s family, friends, and colleagues – held an event to celebrate his amazing life. It was a great success, and we had a fantastic time proudly honoring Donald, NYPIRG’s first executive director and a true champion for the public interest. We are pleased to share this event program video featuring the lineup of guest speakers and the tribute video that highlighted Donald’s lifetime of hard, visionary work and the incredible, lasting impact that he had on so many.
Special thanks to everyone who was a part of this wonderful celebration!