Event Recap: Sonya Chung, NYLPI Staff Attorney, Environmental Justice, Spoke at City Hall About Skip the Stuff

December 12, 2022

Climate and Energy Justice, Environmental Justice, Event Recap, Media Coverage, News, Waste Equity

A pile of trash featuring various cans, coffee cups, and takeout boxes.

NYLPI, a member of the NY Renews coalition, joined the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in urging the Consumer and Worker Protection Committee and City Council to pass the Skip the Stuff (Intro 0559) bill. The Skip the Stuff Bill would drastically cut down on consumer waste by prohibiting restaurant delivery services from automatically including plastic utensils, condiments, or napkins unless the customer requests them.

NYLPI Staff Attorney Sonya Chung spoke at the public hearing about the bill, which was attended by advocates and residents to demonstrate support for the bill.

“This bill will reduce the massive amount of waste that New York City generates and help private waste haulers meet the waste reduction goals of Local Law 199 of 2019, all while sparing consumers from receiving items they do not want in the first place. Importantly, reducing our City’s single-use plastic waste will help alleviate the pollution burden on the Environmental Justice communities where the waste ends up, as well as the Environmental Justice communities where plastic is produced.”

Learn more about the public hearing and more at NRDC.

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