California Legislature Passes Plastic Pollution Reduction Bills
The California Legislature doubled down on the state’s commitment to reducing plastic pollution and waste. As the legislature wrapped up the 2017-18 session on Tuesday, it sent five bills to the governor’s desk that, together, interrupt plastic’s toxic life cycle at every stage.
- AB 1884 requires restaurants to offer straws only upon request.
- SB 452 increases funding for recycling centers, increasing opportunities for consumers to redeem their bottles and cans.
- SB 1335 prohibits non-recyclable and non-compostable takeout food packaging at state facilities, including parks, beaches, colleges and fairgrounds.
- SB 1263 directs the Ocean Protection Council to develop a plan for stemming the growth of microplastics.
- SB 1422 requires all drinking water to be tested for plastic contamination.
“The state can lead by example and show that we don’t have to harm our environment every time we get food in a container,” said Sen. Ben Allen in a statement. “Sustainable food packaging is available and affordable—we just need to make the conscious choice to switch to a better alternative.”
Date: September 5, 2018
Image: Google Images
Coordinator: EnvGuide Team
Translator：Yuanji Li，Dimin Fan