Pass Comprehensive Plastic Legislation for a Circular Economy California!

Active | March 28 2019

Plastic Pollution

To pass the circular economy bill in California setting target reduction goals for single-use plastic packaging

California has the opportunity to pass monumental legislation to address plastic pollution.  SB 54 or the "California Circular Economy Bill" aims to establish a comprehensive framework to address the pollution and waste crisis.  Specifically, single-use plastic packaging and products sold or distributed in California must be reduced, recycled, or composted by 75% by 2030.  Additionally, all single-use packaging and prodcuts recylable or compostable on and after 2030.

In response to continued plastic pollution on our beaches and in our waterways, this bill sets ambitious targets mirrored after the European Union Directive on plastic that takes a comprehensive approach instead of passing bans on single plastic items.  Furthermore, the China National Sword policy has unveiled the truth about recycling and how little plastic gets recycled here in the US.  This bill would instruct CalRecycle to develop incentives and policues to encourage in-state manufacturing using recycled material generated in California.  In order to improve recycling, we need to pass policies like SB 54 that will help the US develop a more robust recycling system that does not export waste to foreign countries.

While the bill is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee as of March 25, 2019, stay tuned for updates as we continue to fight for plastic-free ocean, waves, and beaches in California.

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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Angela Howe ahowe@surfrider.org