Tell your Sacramento reps to vote to reduce plastic pollution!
Click on "start writing" at right to send our boilerplate letter to your reps, or—better yet—tell your own story about why reducing single-use plastics and increasing recycling as we reduce plastic waste is important to you, your family, your community, California, and the planet.
Ask them to vote AYE on the bills, and to join the co-authors. In the 350 Silicon Valley area, only Assembly member Ash Kalra and Senator Bob Wieckowski are currently co-authoring these bills.
If you would rather phone than write, please do! Go here to find out who your Senator and Assembly person are, and click through to their contact information.
Here are some talking points for your letter. Pick one or two, or come up with your own!
- Plastic pollution, a strictly human-caused emergency, is everywhere—in our own bodies as well as in the oceans, in fish tissue, in the guts of marine mammals, and in the bodies of all sea turtles and 90 percent of seabirds tested in a UK study. And it's all on us.
- Source reduction is absolutely key to solving this problem. There is more than health risks from plastic pollution at stake. If we are to reduce fossil fuel extraction and combustion, we have to reduce plastic production by the oil companies.
- Plastics recycling is not keeping up with current production. US EPA data shows that the national recycling rate declined from 9.1 percent in 2015 to 4.4 percent in 2018, and could sink to 2.9 percent this year. In California, less than 15 percent of single-use plastic is recycled. Think about where the rest of it is going!
- The overseas markets for mixed paper recyclables are collapsing too. Foreign exports of mixed paper fell from more than 400,000 tons in the first quarter of 2017 to just a third of that in the first quarter of 2018. Worse, the price overseas recyclers paid for the material fell from $95/ton to $10/ton over the same period.
- And we're all paying the price. While collecting and selling recyclables used to be a profit center for local governments, cities and counties are now paying to store, landfill, or burn them. And those costs reduce available revenues for other services.