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California Is Drowning In Plastic

Fifty percent of the plastic we produce is discarded after a single use, and much of it ends up polluting our ocean, killing wildlife, contaminating our food and water, and impacting our health. California can reverse this terrible trend, but time is running out.  

The California Plastic Pollution Reduction and Recycling Act would responsibly reduce harmful single-use plastic packaging and foodware, while also helping to clean up our parks and communities, restore our beaches and rivers, and protect our health.

“Plastic pollution is everywhere in the ocean, from the surface, down to the seafloor. This initiative will help us reduce the flow of plastic from land to sea.”

Andre Boustany, Fisheries Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    Vote Yes on the California Plastic Pollution Reduction & Recycling Act

    In November 2022, voters like you will have the opportunity at the ballot to #StopPlasticPollution and protect our bodies, our communities, and our environment from the harmful effects of plastic pollution. A yes vote will:

    • Require that single-use plastic packaging and foodware in California be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2030.
    • Ensure plastic producers reduce single-use plastic packaging and foodware by at least 25% by 2030, as well as prohibit the distribution of plastic foam (e.g Styrofoam™) food containers.
    • Fund recycling programs, habitat restoration, and environmental cleanup by charging a fee to producers of single use plastic packaging and foodware of no more than one penny per package.
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    What does this mean for you?

    The CA Plastic Waste Reduction & Recycling Act will:

    Microplastics and other plastic-associated chemicals have been found in our drinking water, bottled water, table salt, and fish, posing a risk to our health. This initiative would reduce plastic pollution and fund groundwater and local drinking water protections to safeguard public health.

    More than 11 million tons of plastic pollute our ocean each year. Wildlife sadly mistake this plastic trash for food, and it can be fatal for seabirds, sea turtles, and whales. This ballot measure will reduce single-use plastics at the source so they never pollute our ocean and rivers.

    California communities pay more than $420 million a year to clean up plastic pollution and prevent it from entering our rivers, beaches, and ocean. This ballot measure would help fund environmental cleanup and restoration, especially in communities that have been unfairly burdened by pollution, litter, and illegal dumping.

    If plastics were a country, it would be the 5th largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally. This measure helps in our fight against climate change by reducing the need to extract oil, a key component of plastic manufacturing.

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