After two years of hard work, we passed the first mattress recycling bill on the West Coast! With your support, we increased beverage container recycling rates and established producer responsibility programs for paint, carpet, e-waste, and mattresses.
But we know that you’re worried about plastic litter and waste you see everywhere. So we ask for your help. Plastic grocery bags continue to plague our ocean economy, threaten wildlife, and cost millions in taxpayer dollars.
Recent data reveal that plastic grocery bags are the fourth-most commonly found items at coastal cleanups. More than 13 billion bags were produced in California last year, and most ended up as litter or in landfills.
Plastic marine pollution is our fastest-growing environmental problem. Sea turtles eat twice as much plastic today as they did 25 years ago. Studies show that both ocean and freshwater species ingest plastic particles, mistaking them for food. Whales wash up on the beach with stomachs full of plastic debris, including plastic grocery bags.
In May, we fell just three votes short of passing a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. And with your help, we’ll keep fighting against the plastic bag industry campaign of misinformation and intimidation until we get those votes. With your support, this is the year we can eliminate the plastic grocery bag in California!
But plastic grocery bag manufacturers will continue to place profits above the interests of taxpayers and the lives of animals in our lakes, rivers, and oceans. They won’t stop spending millions on flashy advertising campaigns and frivolous, time-consuming lawsuits against cities that are trying to do the right thing by passing local bag ordinances.
We’re almost there, but we can’t do it alone. Your contribution is so important right now, because it provides us with the resources to fight, at a grassroots level, against the plastics industry’s tactics.We’re only three votes away, but it’s not going to be easy to secure those votes. Your generous gift of $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 will help us build our 2014 campaign against disposable plastic grocery bags.
Thank you so much for your help. And on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I’d like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.
Mark Murray, Executive Director, Californians Against Waste