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RE: [greenyes] First Recycling License Plate in the Country - Legislation Introduced To Create Recycles Issue License Plate -


What about a program to recycle or reuse license plates?



John Vann

Green Initiatives Coordinator

Ball State University



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From: Pete Wirth [mailto:pwirth@no.address]
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 8:12 AM
To: greenyes@no.address
Subject: [greenyes] First Recycling License Plate in the Country -
Legislation Introduced To Create Recycles Issue License Plate -



For More Information Contact
For Immediate Release
Jeff Edwards
NYSAR3 Board member
518-878-3577 cell
jeffe_2@no.address

Legislation Introduced To
Create Recycles Issue License Plate
First Recycling License Plate in the Country

Albany, NY - April 5: - The New York State Association for
Reduction Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) today praised the introduction of
legislation to create a New York Recycles "Issues" license plate. The
Plate was developed by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
in Partnership with the New York State Association for Reduction Reuse
and Recycling (NYSAR3).

"This is the first recycling license plate issued in the United
States." said Sharon Fisher, President of NYSAR3, "Other states
including the State of Washington are looking to emulate it."

The license plate features a logo of the green chasing arrows
recycling symbol overlaid on a silhouette of New York State. Along the
bottom of the plate it reads "Reduce Reuse Recycle" and in the lower
left hand corner, below the logo it reads "New York Recycles"


Senator Carl L. Marcellino introduced the legislation in the
Senate and Assemblyman William Colton has introduced the bill in the
Assembly.

"Displaying the New York Recycles License Plate on a vehicle
shows pride in New York's Recycling Programs." stated Senator
Marcellino, "New York communities throughout the state have worked hard,
with support of New York State Government, to implement effective
recycling programs. These programs demonstrate the ability of New
Yorkers to form effective partnerships between governments, citizens and
the private sector to create a sustainable economy in New York State."

Senator Marcellino represents a portion of both Nassau and
Suffolk counties. He is Chairman of the Senate Environmental
Conservation Committee.

Assemblyman William Colton stated, "Recycling has become an
integral part of managing solid and hazardous wastes in New York State.
This license plate offers New Yorkers the opportunity to demonstrate
their personal commitment to the concepts of reduction, reuse and
recycling. In addition, purchase of the license plate increases funding
for municipal recycling programs through the deposit of the annual
purchase fee into the Environmental Protection Fund."

Assemblyman Colton represents part of Brooklyn, NY City. He is
Chairman of the Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management. The
Commission is charged with studying solid waste issues in New York and
proposing legislation to address those issues.

"Recycling promotes sustainability and is good public policy.
Every community in New York is legally required to have recycling
programs in place. There is strong public support for recycling and I
support efforts, such as this one, which educate the public about the
many benefits of recycling," said New York Attorney General Eliot
Spitzer.

Eliot Spitzer was instrumental in working with communities that
had stopped recycling to reintroduce their recycling programs - as state
law requires. In each instance, the programs have been made more
effective and have been met with public support.

The bill requires the $25 dollar annual fee from each license
plate sale and renewal to be credited to the Environmental Protection
Fund's Solid Waste Account to fund municipal waste reduction or
recycling activities.

NYSAR3 created an organizational plate in partnership with the
Department of Motor Vehicles last year. The legislation will change the
plate, from an Organizational Plate, which is currently available, to an
Issues Plate. This change would allow the dedication of the $25 annual
fee to the Environmental Protection Fund. The $25 fee is charged to all
custom plate owners. The change would also raise the visibility of the
license plate on the Department of Motor Vehicles Custom Plates website.


To purchase the New York Recycles Plate go to the DMV Website,
Custom Plate Section at http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/cplates.htm and
click on Causes and Organizations. Go to the Organizations section and
scroll down until you find the plate of the New York State Association
for Reduction Reuse and Recycling. Click on the "Order Now" button and
you are on your way to owning the New York Recycles plate. After the
Legislation is passed you will find the plate in the Causes section at
the top under New York Recycles.

The New York State Association for Reduction Reuse and
Recycling (NYSAR3) is a statewide Association that was formed in 1988.
It is dedicated to promoting recycling and providing educational and
networking opportunities to public and private recycling professionals
throughout New York State. It also supports citizens, advocates and
not-for profit organizations dedicated to waste prevention, material
reuse and recycling.

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