I know that we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis but we have to insist that our representatives learn to walk and chew gum and address the issue of our nation's addiction to plastics and how they are impacting our environment.
A bill has been introduced to directly address many of these issues: create a national beverage container refund program (will increase recycling and decrease litter in places like White Rock Lake), ban most single-use plastic bags, and INVEST in US recycling and composting infrastructure.
We will need millions of jobs in the coming months and if we can invest in innovation and jobs that are in sustainable industries we can get to a ZERO Carbon world.
The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act will:
* Require producers of packaging, containers, and food-service products to design, manage, and finance waste and recycling programs.
* Create a nationwide beverage container refund program.
* Ban certain single-use plastic products that are not recyclable.
* Ban single-use plastic carryout bags and place fee on the distribution of remaining carryout bags.
* Establish minimum recycled content requirements for beverage containers, packaging, and food-service products.
* Spur massive investments in U.S. domestic recycling and composting infrastructure.
* Prohibit plastic waste from being shipped to developing countries.
* Protect state and local governments that enact more stringent standards.
* Place a temporary pause on new plastic facilities until EPA updates and creates important regulations on those facilities.
Over the past year, the Surfrider Foundation has worked closely with U.S. Senator Tom Udall (NM) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) to introduce bold federal legislation to tackle the plastic pollution crisis. The legislation is entitled the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, introduced on February 11, 2020.
Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the ocean from coastal nations. The United States alone disposes or incinerates 32 million tons of plastic each year. This bill recognizes that we cannot recycle our way out of this problem and provides a comprehensive approach to reducing plastic pollution. Now is the time to act, now is the time to push for a world free of plastics. Contact your FEDERAL Representatives and tell them you support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act!