Over 100 Local, State, National, and International NGOs Demand No “Lies in Labeling” in California

Over 100 local, state, national, and international NGOs demand no “lies in labeling” and have called on California agencies to enforce laws that protect consumers and end plastic waste dumping abroad. On March 29, 2024, 106 California, U.S., and international environmental Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) sent a letter to CalRecycle, California Secretary for Environmental Protection Yana Garcia, and California Attorney General Rob Bonta, urging factual reporting, implementation and enforcement of California’s plastics laws.

In 2021, California passed two laws related to plastics that were intended to protect consumers from false recyclability labels (SB343) and foreign countries from receiving contaminated plastic waste bales from California (AB881).

CalRecycle’s false approach to determine sortation of plastics must be corrected to ensure truthful packaging labels under SB343, which also ensures truthful determination of what is recyclable under California’s SB54 Plastic Pollution Prevention and Producer Responsibility Act.

– Jan Dell, Independent Engineer & Founder of The Last Beach Cleanup

Instead of effectively managing plastic waste within the state and implementing source reduction efforts that reduce this waste, California is instead exporting a massive amount of contaminated baled plastic waste labeled as “recycling” to countries lacking infrastructure to manage it, and weak labor, health, and environmental laws—where the plastic is unlikely to ever be “recycled.” 

CalRecycle’s own data proves that exported plastic waste bales do not comply with CA AB881, the state’s recycling plastic waste export law, but facility-level information was not shared with the public, which makes public-driven enforcement impossible.

California Must Act Now to Prevent Further Pollution and Injustice

The NGO comment letter urges CalRecycle to revise and correct their SB343 Material Characterization Study Preliminary Findings Report to truthfully show that consumer plastics are not recyclable in California, and to call on CA State Attorney General Rob Bonta to investigate material compliance to MRF requirements of AB881 to protect foreign communities from California’s contaminated plastic waste bales. The letter expresses support of the Fact Briefing and Recommendations made in the detailed, comprehensive SB343 Fact Briefing Report (published on Feb. 12, 2024, by Basel Action Network and The Last Beach Cleanup).

Californians pushed hard for laws that would make California’s recycling programs compatible with the Basel Convention, a global treaty which controls global dumping of wastes. Yet now we have discovered that rather than implementing the law as they are charged to do, CalRecycle appears intent on ignoring it while providing pathways to push California waste to Mexico. It is morally, environmentally, and legally unacceptable.

– Jim Puckett, Executive Director of the Basel Action Network (BAN)

Many countries are affected by the illegal waste trade coming out of California and the U.S. The NGOs signed on to the letter are state, national, and global groups, along with grassroots groups in Australia, Egypt, Europe, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Thailand.

It is time for California to turn the tide on false reporting and recycling claims and enforce existing truth in labeling and Illegal plastic waste export laws.

– Jackie Nuñez, Founder of The Last Plastic Straw and Advocacy & Engagement Manager at Plastic Pollution Coalition

Read the full letter here, and learn more about What Really Happens to Your Plastic Recycling.

Take Action

It’s clear that recycling is not the solution to plastic pollution, and that we need upstream measures to be taken that stop plastic pollution at the source. We must convince government leaders to take a strong stance and support a bold, binding global plastics treaty that addresses the full life cycle of plastics. You can help by signing petitions to the U.S. Government and world leaders, and by amplifying the voices of people on the frontlines of the crisis.

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April 18 , 5:30 am 10:00 pm EDT

On Thursday, April 18, gather with Environmental Working Group friends and family to TAKE ACTION in California on many legislative opportunities that protect our children, our planet and our health.

This year, EWG is placing special emphasis on California and its leadership, which is paving the way for important progress in the fight to protect our health. Over the past 12 years, 25 EWG-sponsored laws protecting people and the environment have become law in California.

Location: Pier 27, 27 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Thanks to the passage of recent legislation, in California, it’s now your “right to repair.” In October, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB244, or the Right to Repair Act, which significantly expands access to repair materials needed to fix electronics and appliances for consumers and independent repair shops. The Act is based on the premise that when something you buy no longer functions properly, you should be able to access the tools and services to fix it.

It’s estimated that Californians throw away 46,000 cell phones a day, and every year toss 772,000 tons of electronics. Less than 20 percent of discarded electronics are ever recycled. Such “e-waste,” as well as appliances like microwaves, ovens, and washing machines, typically contain toxic plastics and chemicals, heavy metals, and other hazardous substances that can easily leach into air, soils, and waters—especially when discarded in the environment, landfills, and incinerators. These substances harm both people and the planet.

Keeping electronics in use longer—by repairing rather than replacing—is expected to reduce the amount of electronic waste sent to landfills, diminish the need for additional mining and production, and ultimately help improve human and planetary health. According to CALPIRG, the Right to Repair Act is expected to bring more competition and consumer choice to the repair marketplace, saving California residents about $5 billion (in total) per year.

This is a victory for consumers and the planet, and it just makes sense. Right now, we mine the planet’s precious minerals, use them to make amazing phones and other electronics, ship these products across the world, and then toss them away after just a few years’ use. What a waste. We should make stuff that lasts and be able to fix our stuff when it breaks, and now thanks to years of advocacy, Californians will finally be able to, with the Right to Repair.

Jenn Engstrom, state director of California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)

For five years, CALPIRG and other advocates have campaigned for repair, as intense industry lobbying has focused on preventing repair policies from being passed in California and across the U.S. Despite these challenges, public support for the Right to Repair continues to grow. This energy adds momentum to national efforts to reduce wastefulness and plastic pollution by supporting repair. In the past year, New York, Colorado, and Minnesota all passed their own repair laws. Thirty states have considered or are considering related legislation in 2023.

Electronics Makers Must Allow Repair

The California law’s requirements apply to electronics made and sold after July 1, 2021, and it goes into effect in July 2024. As part of California’s Right to Repair law, manufacturers of electronic devices priced above $100 must ensure that documentation, parts, tools, and software are available for at least seven years after production (electronics priced at less than $100 are expected to have these materials available for three years). While California’s new law encompasses most electronics and appliances, some items, such as game consoles and alarm systems, are exempt.

Many large electronics manufacturers, such as Apple and Google, are located in California—meaning the items they manufacture for sale in other places must also meet the requirements of the Right to Repair Act. Ahead of the new legislation in 2022, Apple—which now supports, but has previously opposed Right to Repair laws—announced it was creating a Self Service Repair Store for getting parts and tools to fix your own electronics across the United States.

How You May Engage in Repair

If you have broken electronics or appliances, and you reside in a state that supports your right to repair, you have options when it comes to getting them fixed. 

Repair Shops

Some retailers have made repair tools and spare parts available for direct purchase by consumers or independent repair shops, which offer repair services. Ask retailers if they sell tools and parts, or consult an independent repair shop near you. Find repair shops by searching online, asking friends and family, or using Repair Maps and similar repair shop search engines.

Repair Cafes

If costs are a concern, you might consider visiting a repair café. These are free meeting places where you join other people at no cost to use shared tools and spare parts to repair your items. Repair cafés are not just for fixing electronics and appliances, but also often you can bring bicycles, clothing, books, and just about any other item in need of mending. Like repair shops, you can find repair cafés by looking online, asking people you know, or using the Repair Café Map and other similar platforms.

Take Action & Support the Plastic-Free Principles

Repair is one of the six Plastic-Free Principles, which also include reuse, refill, share, regenerate, and refuse single-use. To end plastic pollution and its toxic impacts, we need to reduce wastefulness and use of hazardous material items. That’s why we need solutions that enable us to engage with less wasteful, more truly circular systems that embody these solutions and keep materials in circulation longer. If we can keep our items longer, there’s less of a need to purchase and consume, reducing wastefulness. That’s good news for people and the planet. 

Plastic is not circular, as massive inputs of energy, water, fossil fuels, and chemical additives are used to produce and recycle it. What’s more, plastic pollutes throughout its endless toxic existence. Plastic production harms communities, and plastic releases microplastics, nanoplastics, and toxic chemicals into the environment and our bodies. Materials that last longer without losing their integrity and do not release poisons or particles into our environment and bodies are more endlessly reusable include ceramic, glass, stainless steel, and wood. Avoiding wasteful plastic that is designed to be endlessly bought, tossed, and replaced not only safeguards our health but saves money too.

You can make a difference by calling on businesses and governments to support repair and all of the Plastic-Free Principles to help to advance real solutions to plastic pollution and its toxic impacts. Help support real solutions that will allow us to end plastic pollution by taking action today. Start by taking the pledge to say no to single-use plastic.

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The state of California is the 7th ranked producer of crude oil among 50 states and one of the top plastics-industry employers in the U.S. As state, national, and global restrictions limit fossil fuel use for energy, industries dealing in petrochemicals are increasingly turning to making plastics to stay profitable. Yet, there is positive traction taking hold in California. With the state’s long history of progressive public health, social justice, and ecological legislation, we are seeing a clear pattern of commitment to addressing these important issues.

In just the last week, Los Angeles (LA) City Council passed three plastic-reduction ordinances supported by activist and frontline groups that ban distribution and sale of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam products, close state plastic bag ban loopholes within the city, and require city departments to implement zero-waste practices at city facilities and events. Additionally, San Diego also approved an ordinance banning EPS foam products. 

On a statewide level, the latest related legislation to pass includes:

  • SB 54: called the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act, many agree that SB 54 does not go nearly far enough in regulating production and use of plastic packaging and single-use plastic foodware
  • AB 1857: eliminates an incentive for waste incineration, hopefully opening a pathway to close incinerators, and establishment of a “Zero-Waste Equity Grant Program” to support zero-waste solutions in frontline communities
  • SB 1046: bans plastic “pre-checkout” bags like those used to hold loose produce and baked goods by 2025, after which point all “pre-checkout” bags must be compostable
  • SB 1013: expands California’s existing bottle-return and recycling program to include glass and polyethylene (PET) wine and spirits containers
  • AB 2638: requires all new school construction or renovation projects submitted to the state include one or more water bottle refill stations
  • SB 1137: mandates 3,200-foot setbacks from oil and gas operations across the state from places where people live, work, attend school, and recreate
  • SB 270: bans (with exceptions) most single-use plastic grocery bags

In California there are approximately 158 plastics ordinances representing 144 cities (counting San Francisco as a county not a city) and 14 counties. The total population covered by these ordinances equals roughly 18 million people (including unincorporated county numbers), which is roughly 46% of the total population of the state of California (based on rounded 2019 population statistics).

– Craig Cadwallader, Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter Coordinator

While this surge of legislation shows that a growing amount of attention is being paid to the serious consequences of plastic pollution relating to injustice, public health, environmental protection, and more, challenges remain. With such legislation, especially SB 54, plastic and fossil fuel industry interests conflict with the task of creating tough, enforceable regulations that successfully address the core causes of plastic pollution: continued plastics production and fossil fuel use. And it seems loopholes are frequently left open for continued plastic use, such as with SB 270, which still allows some single-use plastic bags to be distributed. Still, California is making major progress.

For the 2021–2022 California Legislative Session, the Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition was honored to continue to be at the forefront of sponsoring and supporting a suite of bills, many now signed into law, geared towards true policy solutions for reducing plastic pollution and its detriments, from extraction to disposal. We also take pride in helping to make bills better, or opposing any false solution efforts that are anything but true waste reduction or transitioning to reuse. The last two years were a great success, and we look forward to more good work to be done in 2023 and beyond.

– Genevieve Abedon, Ecoconsult, on behalf of The Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition

Los Angeles Bans New Oil and Gas Drilling

California's New Policies

On December 2, LA City Council made a historic unanimous decision to ban all new oil and gas drilling, and to stop activities related to fossil fuel extraction at all of the city’s existing well operations within the next two decades. This change comes after years of advocacy and organizing by frontline communities, who continue to call for swift government action to address growing environmental injustice and pollution caused by the intentional placement of fossil fuel extraction sites in communities of color.

The ordinance will amend racist land-use rules that have long allowed industries and governments to concentrate fossil fuel extraction activities and infrastructure in Black, Indigenous, and Latino/a/x communities. It goes further than the recently signed SB 1137, a statewide ban on placement of new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of places where people live, work, and play across California. 

Frontline groups caution that the LA ordinance stops far short of fully rectifying the many forms of racism their communities experience every day. Its timeline for phasing out wells is lengthy, and it fails to set forth a clear path for plugging and remediating decommissioned wells. Still, many say the decision is a step forward in efforts to address injustice, pollution, and the climate crisis, and sets a positive example for other municipalities.

Local Change Can Help Inspire Systemic Change

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Projection in Punta del Este, Uruguay, during INC-1 Global Plastics Treaty negotiatons. © Greenpeace / Manuela Lourenço

California’s recent actions on fossil fuels and plastics is encouraging as it has helped draw national and international attention to the toxic truths about these substances and the industries that produce them. However, the persistence of plastic’s pollution and injustice shows us only systemic solutions—not piecemeal efforts—will work. 

The same day that LA passed its new fossil fuel ordinance, negotiators in Uruguay wrapped up the first round of talks to craft a global plastics treaty addressing plastics production. How that treaty is shaped will mean the difference between immensely increased suffering or vastly reduced struggle for people and nature to survive changes caused by a warming climate on an increasingly polluted planet. 

With the global treaty, as with most other pieces of plastics and fossil fuel legislation, industry and government interests are perceived as threats to the shaping of an impartial, effective agreement that does what’s necessary to end plastic pollution and implement real solutions. The plastics and fossil fuel industries and the governments that tax and subsidize them have a lot to lose in the financial sense that industry influence can be seen in some of the legislation to emerge in California, at a disadvantage to the people and ecosystems harmed by plastics and fossil fuels.

We will continue to advocate for local, national, and federal policy change in the U.S. as well as a legally binding global plastics treaty that holds polluters accountable, supports justice and equitable solutions, identifies the connection between plastics and fossil fuels, and turns off the plastic tap. California’s escalating multifaceted efforts to address the devastation caused by plastics and fossil fuels is generally positive and encouraging, and should help inspire action on a wider scale.

– Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition

Help End Plastic Pollution!

It’s important to continue to enact legislation in the city of Los Angeles, the state of California, and globally that recognizes the insidious interconnected nature of plastics and fossil fuels, and the negative impacts they have on communities and the environment. We also need to ensure that policies focus on implementing solutions that prioritize the health and well-being of people and the environment over industry and government profits. 

It’s up to us to continue advocating for the world we want to see. Learn more about plastic pollution and take action today!

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On June 3, 2022, The Last Beach Cleanup filed two lawsuits against retailers Gelson’s Market and Stater Brothers for allegedly selling illegal, non-recyclable plastic bags to California consumers in violation of SB270, which was voted into law by California voters in 2016. These lawsuits are the latest in a string of attempts by activists, NGOs, and representatives of California’s overburdened recycling infrastructure to see California’s laws regarding non-recyclable plastics enforced.

The Last Beach Cleanup has used civil litigation in the past to enforce labeling laws against deceptive recycling claims made by many companies including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Late July Snacks, Gerber, and L’Oreal as part of TerraCycle programs.

Why Plastic Bags are Allegedly Illegal in California

For the past six years, both California voters and the state legislature have taken progressive steps to reduce California’s consumption and disposal of single-use plastics statewide. In 2016, Californians voted to pass Prop 67, which banned the use and sale of plastic grocery bags. California’s plastic bag law requires the plastic bags to be “recyclable in the state,” which The Last Beach Cleanup and the California Statewide Recycling Commission claim they are not.

A 2020 report by Greenpeace USA found that only plastics and jugs made from plastics PET#1 and HDPE #2 (out of hundreds of types of plastic products) could legally be claimed to be recyclable in the United States, and even then recycling capacity is limited to an estimated 22.5% for PET #1 and 12% for HDPE #2. Today, the overall U.S. recycling rate is estimated at just 5 to 6% for all plastics combined. Plastic bags are typically made of LDPE plastic #4, a type of plastic that researchers have found breaks up rapidly into microplastics.

In October 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed several historic pieces of legislation into law, intending to transform California from a top exporter of plastic pollution to a leading reducer. Among these new laws was an ordinance to remove the circular arrow label from single-use plastic items that cannot actually be recycled.

But the laws will only be effective if they are enforced. 

It’s the wild, wild West of product claims and labeling for “recyclable” plastics right now, and there’s no sheriff in town.

Jan Dell, Founder of The Last Beach Cleanup

According to The Last Beach Cleanup, an estimated 2 billion plastic shopping bags are distributed in California each year. At a glance, consumers see the circular arrow label that for decades has become the symbol of recyclability. Many of these bags and films, however, now contain fine print instructing consumers to “check locally” or drop them off at participating stores to be recycled. When they do reach store recycling programs, there is no evidence that the plastic bags are being recycled. A lack of transparency around where these bags are being sent ensures their final destination is hidden. According to the Berkeley Ecology Center, grocery store Berkeley Bowl said in 2019 that the plastic bags it collected were not recycled and instead were sent to a landfill, which prompted the store to end its plastic-bag collection program altogether. 

More often, plastic bags and films are mistakenly placed by consumers in curbside recycling bins, causing equipment clogs and contamination in paper bales. California paper bales are exported to pulp mills in Indonesia and other countries where the plastic is removed from the paper and dumped to the environment or burned.

Amazon Pouch with How2Recycle Label found on riverbank near pulp mill in East Java, Indonesia (Credit: Ecoton, 2019)

California Urged to Enforce Existing Labeling Laws

On December 3, 2021, the California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling sent an open letter to Governor Newsom and California Attorney General Rob Bonta asking that California’s laws with respect to labeling be enforced.

Flexible plastic bags and film are a major source of contamination in curbside recycling bins. The flexible plastic materials are harming curbside recycling systems by clogging machinery in material recovery facilities (MRFs) and fiber processors. There is not a comprehensive store takeback system for plastic bags or film in California. Flexible plastic bags and films that depict the word “recycle” or the chasing arrows recycling symbol cause consumer confusion and contribute to contamination.

Heidi Sanborn, Chairperson, Richard Valle, Vice-Chair, and all Commissioners, California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling

In February 2022, Plastic Pollution Coalition and 74 NGOs sent a letter to Governor Newsom and Attorney General Bonta supporting the California Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling’s request to enforce California’s existing law banning the labeling of non-recyclable plastics with the circular arrow symbol. The full letter and list of signers can be read here. 

Californians are being deceived by instructions to “Return the plastic bag to a participating store for recycling” and sent on a wild goose chase with no benefit. It is time to end The Great Store Drop-Off Charade in California. There is not a functioning store take-back system in California because (1) it is not required by law and (2) mixed post-consumer plastic film waste is worthless so there is no reason for stores to voluntarily collect it.

NGO letter sent to Governor Newsom and Attorney General Bonta in February 2022

In April 2022, California Announced Investigation Into Big Oil “Deception”

Though Governor Newsom and Attorney General Bonta have yet to respond to the NGO letter, California’s Department of Justice in April 2022 launched an unprecedented investigation into the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries for decades of misinformation as to the recyclability of plastic products

At the center of the investigation is ExxonMobil, the fossil-fuel giant who, along with major plastic polluters like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé, has for decades contributed untold sums of money to Keep America Beautiful, a greenwashing media public service campaign and nonprofit organization that, in the 1970s, began producing PSAs and commercials blaming consumers for plastic pollution and touting plastics recycling. The myths this messaging created continue to this day, and an investigation into ExxonMobil will determine what role the company has played in deceiving the public and what laws they may have broken in the process.

While many activists and NGOs celebrated the news of this historic investigation, there was also disappointment with the California Department of Justice’s silence with respect to the continued illegal sale of non-recyclable plastic bags and films. Allowing plastic bags to continue to carry the recycling symbol helps perpetuate the plastic recycling myth among the public, which is a form of plastic industry greenwashing.

Perhaps our request to the State Attorney General helped spur this larger investigation. This is welcome action at a grand scale, but I’m disappointed that a California authority hasn’t yet taken up the investigation into illegal sales of thick “reusable” plastic bags that should be stopped now.

Jan Dell, Founder, The Last Beach Cleanup

What You Can Do

Although the lawsuit by The Last Beach Cleanup targets specific California retailers, the enforcement of California laws holds true for all retailers that do business in California. The implication is that essentially all stores are breaking the law by selling plastic bags. 

California is in fact lagging on plastic bag laws. New Jersey has banned both single-use paper and plastic bags and now only allows reusable bags.

While further action from state and local authorities is yet to be seen, you can make a difference now and pledge to refuse single-use plastic bags, even those that include recycling labels. These bags clog recycling infrastructure and strain an already overtaxed recycling system.

California is now leading the US in tackling plastic pollution as well as adopting and building systems to help the state move towards a zero-waste, reusable future. On October 5, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed several historic pieces of legislation into law whose far-reaching benefits include

  • Limiting the production and sale of single-use plastics.
  • Removing the circular arrow label from the types of single-use plastics that cannot actually be recycled.
  • Modernizing California’s recycling infrastructure to create a more circular economy while requiring strict tracking of recyclable plastic and not allowing plastic exports to other countries to be counted as recycled.
  • Ensuring that products labeled as compostable are able to break down organically to prevent non-compostable toxic materials from entering the compost stream.
  • Simplifying and making it easier for bottle and beverage manufacturers to create and utilize reusable glass bottle systems for their products. 

The Governor’s climate leadership also includes phasing out oil production, preventing new oil drilling near communities, and establishing science-based 3,200-foot setbacks for oil and gas operations.

With a focus on upstream source reduction of plastic pollution, the following two bills are particularly noteworthy: 

  • AB 962 by Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: reusable beverage containers.
Image courtesy Surfrider Foundation.
  • AB 1276 by Assembly member Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) – Single-use foodware accessories and standard condiments.
Image courtesy Surfrider Foundation.

AB 1276 (Carillo) was sponsored by the Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition, which is made up of 11 non-profit organizations and their members throughout California dedicated to plastic pollution solutions, specifically with an emphasis on source reduction. The Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition co-sponsored AB 962 (Kamlager) with Californians Against Waste.

These newly minted laws come just a year after a survey conducted by The Last Beach Cleanup revealed California to be the nation’s leader in plastic waste and exports.

“Our reliance on fossil fuels has resulted in more kids getting asthma, more children born with birth defects, and more communities exposed to toxic, dangerous chemicals. California is taking a significant step to protect the more than two million residents who live within a half-mile of oil drilling sites, many in low-income and communities of color,” said Governor Newsom. “We are committed to protecting public health, the economy, and our environment as we transition to a greener future that reckons with the realities of the climate crisis we’re all facing.”

Image courtesy of The Last Beach Cleanup.

As public demand from California consumers has grown to limit the state’s consumption of single-use plastic products, state legislators and Governor Newsom have worked tirelessly to turn California from the nation’s top plastic exporter to its leader in the reduction of plastic waste.

Many of the plastic pollution prevention laws adopted by Governor Newsom have also been proposed in the federal Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, proposed by Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA). This piece of federal legislation represents the most pragmatic and comprehensive set of policy solutions to the plastic pollution crisis ever introduced in Congress. As the world’s fifth-largest economy, California is in a unique position to pave the way for larger, more comprehensive circular economic policies to be adopted at the federal level. Sign on to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act here.

“Plastic pollutes at every stage of its existence and is a major contributor to our climate crisis. Thank you Governor Gavin Newsom for your leadership in signing a sweep of important climate and toxic plastic/chemical bills. These measures will not only help stem the tide of plastic, they will help us reach our climate goals. We’ve been saying #CAMustLead, but now we can say #CALeads by taking measures to reverse its role as the top plastic waste exporter in the United States, which ranks as one of the largest plastic waste exporters globally.” – Jackie Nuñez, Founder, The Last Plastic Straw & Advocacy Manager, Plastic Pollution Coalition

#CALEADS

”We made real progress this year defining what is recyclable, compostable, stopping exporting plastics and calling it recycling when it’s causing environmental injustice around the world, and that it is not “circular” to keep toxic chemicals in motion to injure more people!” – Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, National Stewardship Action Council

“Beyond recycling, California must lead on transitioning to a reuse economy — we cannot recycle our way out of the plastic crisis. The Circular Economy package levels the playing field for businesses to roll-out reusable glass bottles as an alternative to throw-away plastic bottles, it also gives consumers the choice to buy their takeout without an unwanted side of plastic forks or spoons.”- Amy Gilson, Policy Manager at Californians Against Waste