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Let’s Break Free From Plastic Pollution
Tell Washington why stopping plastic pollution is vital for our quality of life.

During these difficult times the world continues to turn and we continue to pollute.

Congress has introduced a bill that would limit the production and use of plastics and other packaging products.

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 (H.R.5845 in the House of Representatives and S.3263 in the Senate) is in response to rampant plastic pollution. 

Tell Washington why stopping plastic pollution is vital for our quality of life. Please write a comment in support of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act and sign your name.

 

What will the bill do?

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution bill amends the Solid Waste Disposal Act to address plastic pollution and other waste more comprehensively.

The bill has three overall objectives: 

To make improvements to plastic design and manufacture

To reduce the production of disposable plastics, 

To improve the collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of plastics. 

Objectives will be met by six adjustments to practices:

  1. Companies creating plastics would be held fiscally responsible for the collecting, managing, and recycling or composting of plastic products.  A minimum percentage of the products must be reusable, recyclable, or compostable. All beverage containers must have an increasing percentage of recycled content in them before being sold to consumers.
  2. The bill calls for a reduction in the manufacture of single-use products.
  3. The bill includes a tax on carryout bags, and would establish programs to refund consumers for returning beverage containers.
  4. A temporary moratorium would be placed on the manufacturing of plastics until regulations are updated. This would allow manufacturers to transition their practices to meet necessary quality standards for new products to be created from collected, sorted, and reprocessed materials instead of new material.
  5. A national standardized labeling system for recycling and composting receptacles will be set up by the EPA. Producers would be required to include labels on their products that are easy to read and indicate whether the products are recyclable, compostable, or reusable.
  6. A limit on the exportation of plastic waste to other countries would be enforced. This will allow the United States to better track, verify, and publicly report that these products are managed responsibly, even at their disposal.
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Be heard. Tell Congress, today, why you support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.

 

Read what others are writing from across the nation and beyond.

 

Why support the bill?

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution bill would significantly reduce the production of these products in the United States. Less plastic production will use less fossil fuels, like coal and natural gas.  Less manufacturing of these single-use and disposable products will decrease greenhouse gas emissions, which is a major driver of climate change.

The bill’s actions would reduce wildlife encounters with plastics and our waste products from ingesting it and being entangled in it. 

The bill will stop plastics and dyes from paper products from getting into waterways, which can then seep into groundwater and drinking water. The prevention of plastic pollution will make the places we care about cleaner, safer, and more attractive.

A Marine Debris team member disentangling a Laysan Albatross chick
Credit: Ryan Tabata 2015

Protect our environment and clean up our places from ugly, harmful, plastic pollution. Join us in urging Congress to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act by adding your voice to our letter.

 

Who supports the bill in Washington?

As of March 2020, 65 Representatives and 8 Senators support the bill.
Rep.  Nanette  Barragant  [D-CA-44]
Rep.  Joyce  Beatty [D-OH-3]
Rep.  Earl  Blumenauer  [D-OR-3]
Rep.  Lisa  Blunt Rochester  [D-DE-At Large]
Rep.  Suzanne  Bonamici [D-OR-1]
Rep.  Salud  Carbajal  [D-CA-24]
Rep.  Ed  Case  [D-HI-1]
Rep.  Katherine  Clark  [D-MA-5]
Rep.  Yvette  Clarke [D-NY-9]
Rep.  Steve  Cohen  [D-TN-9]
Rep.  Gerald  Connolly  [D-VA-11]
Rep.  Susan  Davis  [D-CA-53]
Rep.  Madeleine  Dean  [D-PA-4]
Rep.  Peter  DeFazio  [D-OR-4]
Rep.  Suzan  DelBene  [D-WA-1]
Rep.  Antonio  Delgado  [D-NY-19]
Rep.  Mark  DeSaulnier  [D-CA-11]
Rep.  Lloyd  Doggett [D-TX-35]
Rep.  Eliot  Engel  [D-NY-16]
Rep.  Veronica  Escobar  [D-TX-16]
Rep.  Anna  Eshoo  [D-CA-18]
Rep.  Adriano  Espaillat [D-NY-13]
Rep.  Jesus  Garcia  [D-IL-4]
Rep.  Raul  Grijalva [D-AZ-3]
Rep.  Debra  Haaland  [D-NM-1]
Rep.  Alcee  Hastings  [D-FL-20]
Rep.  Jared  Huffman [D-CA-2]
Rep.  Pramila  Jayapal  [D-WA-7]
Rep.  Joseph  Kennedy III  [D-MA-4]
Rep.  Ro  Khanna  [D-CA-17]
Rep.  Daniel  Kildee  [D-MI-5]
Rep.  Derek  Kilmer  [D-WA-6]
Rep.  Rick  Larsen  [D-WA-2]
Rep.  Barbara  Lee  [D-CA-13]
Rep.  Mike  Levin  [D-CA-49]
Rep.  Andy  Levin  [D-MI-9]
Rep.  Ted  Lieu  [D-CA-33]
Rep.  Zoe  Lofgren  [D-CA-19]
Rep.  Stephen  Lynch [D-MA-8]
Rep.  Betty  McCollum  [D-MN-4]
Rep.  Grace  Meng  [D-NY-6]
Rep.  Seth  Moulton  [D-MA-6]
Rep.  Joe  Neguse [D-CO-2]
Rep.  Eleanor  Norton  [D-DC-At Large]
Rep.  Ilhan  Omar  [D-MN-5]
Rep.  Jimmy  Panetta  [D-CA-20]
Rep.  Chellie  Pingree  [D-ME-1]
Rep.  Katie  Porter  [D-CA-45]
Rep.  Ayanna  Pressley [D-MA-7]
Rep.  Mike  Quigley  [D-IL-5]
Rep.  Jamie  Raskin  [D-MD-8]
Rep.  Harley  Rouda  [D-CA-48]
Rep.  John  Sarbanes  [D-MD-3]
Rep.  Janice  Schakowsky  [D-IL-9]
Rep.  Kim  Schrier [D-WA-8]
Rep.  Thomas  Suozzi  [D-NY-3]
Rep.  Mike  Thompson [D-CA-5]
Rep.  Bennie  Thompson [D-MS-2]
Rep.  Rashida  Tlaib  [D-MI-13]
Rep.  David  Trone  [D-MD-6]
Rep.  Nydia  Velazquez  [D-NY-7]
Rep.  Maxine  Waters  [D-CA-43]
Rep.  Bonnie  Watson Coleman  [D-NJ-12]
Rep.  Peter  Welch  [D-VT-At Large]
Rep.  Frederica  Wilson [D-FL-24]
Sen.  Richard  Blumenthal  [D-CT]
Sen.  Cory  Booker  [D-NJ]
Sen.  Dianne  Feinstein  [D-CA]
Sen.  Kamala  Harris  [D-CA]
Sen.  Patrick  Leahy  [D-VT]
Sen.  Jeff  Merkley  [D-OR]
Sen.  Bernard  Sanders  [I-VT]
Sen.  Ron  Wyden  [D-OR]

Is your Congressional Representative or Senator listed as a co-sponsor?  If they are, please recognize and thank them for their support. They may use your comment to persuade others to support the bill. If they are not here, all the more reason to seize the moment to write a comment just for them. Make others aware how much you care about cleaning up plastic pollution. 

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