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New York Waste Reduction & Recycling Program Overview

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Materials Management
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-7253

NERC Board Member Representative

John Vana, Director
Bureau of Waste Reduction & Recycling

Phone: 518-402-8706

Program Contacts

General Information

Business Assistance Guide

Recycling Homepage

Solid Waste Facilities

State Recycling Organization

State Surplus Property Program

Waste Characterization Study

Compost Information

Composting of Organic Waste

Cornell Waste Management Institute Composting


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The Bureau of Waste, Reduction and Recycling is within the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Environmental Quality, Division of Material Management. The Bureau's responsibilities are to:

  • Provide technical assistance, education and outreach (e.g., waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and organics management)
  • Implement the Returnable Container Act; Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act; Rechargeable Battery Recycling Law; and Executive Order 4 (Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability)
  • Promote product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs
  • Review Beneficial Use Determination requests, permit applications for composting and organic waste facilities and requests for use of dredge materials
  • Administer mercury reduction, toxics in packaging, and hazardous waste reduction plan programs