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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Groups challenge EPA’s failure to curb water pollution from plastic plants, oil refineries and other industries
MASSPIRG calls for Bigger, Better Bottle Bill
Reducing plastic waste in the states
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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.
Victory for wildlife: California passes the nation’s strongest law against plastic pollution
California takes sweeping action to curb single-use plastic
California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a new law to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our environment.
Colorado becomes third state to approve ‘producer responsibility’ law to reduce packaging waste
Announcing 2022 #YouthEarthWeek Award Winners
MAY 27, 2022: Since the 1970s, young people have been at the forefront of the environmental movement. Here are some highlights from the Student PIRGs’ annual Youth Earth Week.
New bill would stop spilling of plastic into waterways
Tiny pieces of plastic that threaten wildlife are now being found everywhere we look. A new bill from Rep. Lowenthal would help solve the problem.
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