America's plastic problem has gotten way out of hand.
Most of us diligently recycle, take reusable bags with us when we shop, and look for new ways to stop using so much single use plastic “stuff”. Our individual actions are necessary, but won’t be enough. The good news is that the momentum to move beyond plastic is growing. More states, communities and businesses are getting rid of plastic bags, foam containers and other plastic “stuff” we can live without.
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Did you know?
In 2015, Americans landfilled or incinerated over 50 million tons of compostable waste. That is enough to fill a line of fully-loaded 18-wheelers, stretching from New York City to Los Angeles ten times.
What We're Doing
Increasing compost can quickly and efficiently decrease methane emissions in landfills and restore soil health.
Costco should take single-use plastic packaging off its shelves
Costco gives its customers the opportunity to buy nearly everything they may need … with the caveat that they will bring home ample amounts of unnecessary plastic packaging.
What’s next for Washington in the fight against plastic pollution
Washington already has bans on single-use plastic bags and a wide range of polystyrene foam products — but there's still so much more we can do.
Baltimore County to consider ban on single-use plastic bags
The Bring Your Own Bag Act would expand upon similar single-use plastic bag bans now in effect in Howard County and Baltimore City.
CALPIRG shares tips on reducing waste around the holidays
In our "Zero Waste for the Holidays" webinar, we discussed a number of sustainable practices that you can apply year-round.
Los Angeles lawmakers vote to cut out polystyrene foam, other common plastic pollution culprits
New ordinances will help curb the 30 million tons of waste (much of it from throwaway plastic items) that Los Angeles County creates each year.
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