Create a Demand for Recycling
Take Action to Create a Market in New Jersey for Recycled Content
There are 2 important ways you can make a huge difference for New Jersey's environment.
While plenty of people sort their garbage and recycling each week, there is no guarantee that post-consumer recycled content will actually be used in the creation of new products. Bill S2515/A4676 would help divert the problem by requiring certain products sold in New Jersey be made of a percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Requiring manufacturers to use post-consumer recycled content will solve the recycling crisis by creating a demand for recycled materials and a precedent for the rest of the country to follow.
12/10/2020 - Passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee (4-1)
6/17/2021 - Passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee (7-4)
6/24/2021 - Passed by the Senate (22-14)
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STEP 1: Email Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chairman, Assemblyman Kennedy Today!
It is important that you urge Assemblyman Kennedy to post this bill, since he is the chair of the committee where the bill is stuck. We’ve prepared a sample email for you to use but please feel free to modify it to make it more personal.
Sample Email to Assemblyman Kennedy
Subject line: Please put S2515/A4676 up for a vote in your committee
Dear Assemblyman James J. Kennedy,
As a concerned resident of New Jersey, I strongly encourage you to call for a vote on S2515/A4676, which would require manufacturers to use post-consumer recycled content.
Bill S2515/A4676 would establish post-consumer recycled content requirements for rigid plastic and glass containers, paper and plastic carryout bags, and plastic trash bags. Post-consumer recycled content simply refers to materials that can be recycled after a product has been discarded. These requirements would encourage manufacturers to use available recycled materials instead of letting them sit in landfills and pollute our state. This bill would require manufacturers to use a percentage of recycled materials in products that will be sold in New Jersey. The bill would also ban the sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging, often referred to as packing peanuts.
I ask that you please stand with promoting environmental protections and call for a vote on S2515/A4676 in the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
Thank you for your consideration.
STEP 2: Follow Up With A Quick Phone Call Today!
After emailing Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chairman, Assemblyman James J. Kennedy, be sure to follow up with their office with a polite phone call. Calling takes less than two minutes, and it’s really easy! We’ve prepared a sample script for you to use but please feel free to modify it to make it more personal.
Office of James Kennedy: (732) 943-2660
Sample Call Script to your Senator
Hi, my name is _____, and I’m a New Jersey resident from __(city)__. I’m following up on an email I sent earlier about requesting Assemblyman Kennedy to please post A4676 for a vote in the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
I ask the Assemblyman to please help end the recycling crisis we are in, and support S2515/A4676 which would require manufacturers to use post-consumer recycled content.