12 • 27 • 2022
Trifecta Plastics Bill
Pass HB 1085, a three part bill that will require water refill stations, ban foam-filled docks, and reduce single use plastic body products in hotels
An Act to Reduce Plastic Pollution (HB 1085) is a bill championed by newly elected Representative Sharlett Mena. If passed, this bill will reduce plastic pollution from three sources:
1. Foam from floating docks: Banning foam-filled docks and floats will reduce a pervasive source of plastic pollution in Washington's waters. Many docks use floats that are made of or filled with plastic foam. When damaged, they continuously leak bits of plastic foam that contain toxic chemicals which harm wildlife, pollute our waterways, and are impossible to clean up. Foam-free docking—filled simply with air—is a readily available alternative that can be used in the same applications at a similar cost.
2. Plastic water bottles: Requiring refill stations wherever a drinking fountain is installed in all new buildings will make the use of reusable water bottles easier and more accessible. Currently, refill stations are only required in new educational buildings in Washington. We want people to be able to bring their own reusable bottles and get them refilled everywhere there is a water fountain.
3. Single-use hotel mini-bottles: Phasing out mini personal care plastic packaging (shampoos, conditions, lotions, and soaps) at hotels and other lodging establishments will help eliminate unnecessary, hard-to-recycle plastic waste. Instead, hotels will install bulk dispensers or use non-plastic packaging (such as cardboard sleeves for soap bars, cotton swabs, and shower caps). Similar laws have already been passed in California and New York as well as local cities like Bellingham and Bainbridge Island.
For more information, check out our one-pager on the Act to Reduce Plastic Pollution
Surfrider Washington will work with our partners in the Plastic Free WA / WA Sin Plástico Coalition to pass this important bill during the 2023 legislative session.