Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing the State Department of Environmental Conservation to improve recycling in New York.

Cuomo says the effort is in response to changes in global recycling markets.

To address changes in recycling markets head on, DEC is convening stakeholder meetings to identify new actions and initiatives that can be taken to improve conditions.

The governor is also encouraging New Yorkers to recycle and says the state will continue to partner with municipalities to help meet specific recycling goals.

"Our recycling programs are putting thousands of New Yorkers to work in the state's green economy, while cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and protecting our environment," Cuomo said. "For 30 years, New Yorkers have proven the power of conservation, and these actions will jumpstart even more efforts to support and expand municipal recycling programs across this great state."