The U.S. state of Michigan has introduced a bill sponsored by the plastic industry that would prohibit cities and counties from enacting legislation to reduce single-use bag litter.
SB 853 would prohibit local/municipal bag legislation and any attempt to reduce other plastic litter, like cups, containers, and foam.
TAKE ACTION: Call Michigan Governor Rick Synder at 517-373-3400 or 517-335-7858 and tell him to veto SB 853, or use the form letter below.
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“I am a Michigan resident and I urge you to VETO SB 853. I’m tired of plastic litter, and SB 853 is a dangerous bill that takes away our freedom!
SB 853 pretends to be in the people’s best interest, but the bill is an industry sponsored effort to prevent cities and counties from enacting ANY type of legislation to reduce single-use bag litter.
SB 853 seems well intentioned, but it’s an industry tactic, and this legislation actually PROHIBITS local/municipal bag legislation among other things.
This bill also prohibits any attempt to reduce other plastic litter, like cups, containers, and foam.
It’s a truly dangerous bill and sets an awful precedent by PREVENTING CITIES and COUNTIES FROM GOVERNING THEMSELVES.
Please VETO SB 853 so that Michigan is not crippled by the plastic bag industry.”
Carrying cloth grocery bags everywhere is no great burden. Less crap to clean off the beaches. Fewer plastic gyres in the Great-ish Lakes. Less microplastic in the tissues of aquatic life. The co$ts of these need to be added into the eco-nomics of the whole picture.
WE MUST REMOVE PLASTICS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE HEALTH OF FUTURE GENERATIONS