Add Your Name: End Single-Use Plastics in California
Every day, single-use plastic packaging products generate tons of waste in California. This comes with a tremendous cost to individuals, communities, wildlife, and ecosystems throughout the state—especially the tens of thousands of individual marine animals have been observed suffering from entanglement or ingestion of plastics. Plastics are impacting everything from zooplankton and fish to sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds.
Proposed landmark legislation, SB 54/AB 1080, would establish a California-wide comprehensive framework to address the pollution generated by single-use packaging and products 75% by 2030.
Please add your name, asking the California State Legislature to support SB 54/AB 1080.
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Dear California State Legislature,
I write in support of Assembly Bill 1080/Senate Bill 54, the California Circular Economy and Pollution Reduction Act, that will make California a leader in helping solve the global plastics crisis by reducing waste from single use packaging and disposable foodware, including plates, bowls, cups, stirrers and straws, by 75% by 2030 through source reduction, recycling or composting.
While single-use plastics are convenient, they are made to last forever despite often times only being used for a few moments. A meager 9% of all the plastic waste ever generated has been recycled. This means a mind-boggling amount of plastic ends up in our landfills and makes its way into our rivers, lakes and oceans where it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces. Plastics are found in our food, water and air. Tens of thousands of individual marine animals have been observed suffering from entanglement or ingestion of plastics—plastics are impacting everything from zooplankton and fish to sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds. The excessive amount of single-use plastic waste threatens public health. Additionally, local cities and counties are financially burdened by the cost of cleaning up plastic waste. This means we as taxpayers are paying the multi-million-dollar price tag of remediation.
Plastic production outpaces recycling, resulting in plastic fouling our parks, waterways, and communities. Recycling is a part of the equation, but it alone is not enough to solve the plastics crisis. We must do more.
Without immediate changes to the way we use plastics, the total amount of plastic waste generated is expected to double by 2025. We don’t have time to waste.
Please help California lead the way in breaking free from single-use plastics by voting in favor of AB 1080/SB 54. Thank you for your leadership and support.