Establishes a cigarette butt recycling program.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to developing a cigarette butts recycling program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To require a program for the collection and recycling of cigarette butts.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 27-1019 of the environmental conservation law is renumbered section 27-1021 and a new section 27-1019 is added to direct the commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of health to develop and implement a program for the collection and recycling of cigarette butts, including a deposit and refund value for each individual cigarette of not less than a penny each. A fiscal plan must be established allocating how deposited funds are collected and refunded. A statewide system for redemption must be established as well as a public education and marketing campaign to educate the public as to the harm cigarette butts cause to the environment.
JUSTIFICATION: According to sources there are over 176,000,000 pounds of discarded cigarette butts in the United States each year. Cigarette filters are composed of a bundle of 12,000 plastic like cellulose acetate fibers. Each cigarette butt can take up to 10 years to biodegrade. There are many.ways to recycle cigarette butts. By creating a program for the collection and recycling of cigarette butts we can create new industries and jobs and while saving millions in cleaning and disposal cost.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This legislation was previously introduced.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 650 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to developing a cigarette butts recycling program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 27-1019 of the environmental conservation law is renumbered section 27-1021 and a new section 27-1019 is added to read as follows: S 27-1019. CIGARETTE BUTT RECYCLING AND WASTE CONTROL. 1. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM FOR THE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING OF CIGARETTE BUTTS. 2. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: A. ESTABLISHING A STATEWIDE SYSTEM AND REDEMPTION FACILITIES FOR THE COLLECTION OF USED CIGARETTE BUTTS VIA AUTOMATED OR NON-AUTOMATED RECY- CLING EQUIPMENT TO BE SITUATED LOCALLY, BUT NOT LESS THAN ONE FACILITY PER COUNTY; B. ESTABLISHING A DEPOSIT AND REFUND VALUE FOR INDIVIDUAL CIGARETTE BUTTS RETURNED TO COLLECTION FACILITIES OF NOT LESS THAN ONE CENT PER CIGARETTE BUTT RETURNED AND ESTABLISH A FISCAL PLAN ALLOCATING HOW DEPOSIT FUNDS ARE COLLECTED AND REFUNDED; AND C. ESTABLISHING A PUBLIC EDUCATION AND MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE INDIVIDUALS AS TO THE HARM CIGARETTE BUTTS CAUSE TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND WORKING WITH CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS TO IMPLEMENT ANTI-LITTER MESSAGES ON THEIR PACKAGING. 3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PROMULGATE ANY RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM. 4. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION "CIGARETTE BUTT" OR "USED CIGA- RETTE BUTT" SHALL MEAN ANY CIGARETTE, CIGAR, OR TOBACCO PRODUCT WITH A FILTER OR BUTT THAT IS NOT SMOKED AND HAS THE POSSIBILITY OF BECOMING A WASTE PRODUCT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03574-01-3