Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara Introduces Bill to Combat Plastic Pollution in Unsolicited Mail

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has introduced a new bill aimed at curbing environmentally harmful plastic usage by targeting the distribution of unsolicited "junk mail." The bill sets out to prohibit the use of plastic-based materials, including plastic cards and promotional items resembling credit cards and gift cards, in the distribution of unsolicited mail. The legislation requires that unsolicited mail must be exclusively composed of paper-based materials. To enforce compliance, the bill establishes a substantial fine of $5,000 per violation.

The primary objective of this legislation is to combat the excessive use of plastic in unsolicited junk mail sent to residents of New York that ends up in the garbage. Plastic pollution poses a severe threat to our environment, and the bill seeks to address this issue by targeting a commonly overlooked source of plastic waste – unsolicited mail.

Assemblyman Santabarbara underscores the importance of this legislation as a crucial step in reducing plastic usage and promoting environmental responsibility. By imposing substantial fines and centralizing jurisdiction at the state level, the bill aims to incentivize compliance among businesses and organizations involved in the distribution of unsolicited mail.

"This legislation is a proactive and impactful measure to address the environmental consequences of plastic usage in our daily lives. Unsolicited mail contributes significantly to plastic pollution, and it is our responsibility to take action to protect our environment for future generations," said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara.

The introduction of this bill reflects Assemblyman Santabarbara's commitment to environmental stewardship and underscores the importance of collective efforts to reduce plastic waste. Santabarbara expects the proposed legislation to be taken up in the legislative session, with the hope of creating a positive impact on the environment and the community.