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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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    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 gasses 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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Leading Environmental Organizations Applaud Passage of Landmark Bill to Tackle Plastic Pollution

July 03, 2022 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 30, 2022 SACRAMENTO – Many of California’s leading environmental organizations are applauding the Legislature for passing Senate Bill 54, which creates the nation’s most comprehensive and ambitious policy for combatting plastic pollution.  SB 54 earned overwhelming bipartisan...
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Statement in Response to Attorney General Rob Bonta’s Investigation Into the Plastics Industry

April 28, 2022 - California’s leading environmental, public health, and community organizations thank Attorney General Rob Bonta for his pursuit of accountability for the industries fueling the exponential and harmful growth of plastics. For decades these industries have misled the public to avoid addressing a mounting plastic...

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