California moves closer to sweeping action on single-use plastics

If some California lawmakers succeed, the state will soon once again lead the nation in reducing plastic pollution.

On July 9, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee approved the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. The bill would set a goal requiring by 2030 manufacturers and retailers to reduce by 75 percent the waste generated from single-use packaging and products. Thanks in part to Environment California staff and members, the state already has banned single-use plastic grocery bags and required full-service restaurants to offer plastic straws only by request.

“This legislation would make a big dent in California’s plastic pollution and help us lead the country and world away from plastics,” said Environment California State Director Dan Jacobson.

This summer, hundreds of our canvassers knocked on thousands of doors across the state to educate Californians on the issue of plastic pollution and build support for action to reduce it.

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Photo: Environment California staff met with state Assemblymember Mark Stone (center) to discuss how California can tackle plastic pollution. Credit: Staff