Nation's strongest plastic waste bill returns to Congress

In response to the worsening plastic waste crisis, federal lawmakers and advocates are championing legislation to cut our nation's plastic footprint down a size. 

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Henry Hintermeister
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Author: Henry Hintermeister

Creative Associate

 

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., magna cum laude, Tufts University

Henry grew up in southern Maine, where he developed his love for hiking, kayaking and track & field. He currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his girlfriend and enjoys getting together with family, reading fiction, listening to NPR and playing soccer.

In response to the worsening plastic waste crisis, federal lawmakers and advocates are championing legislation to cut our nation's plastic footprint down a size.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal re-introduced the nation's most comprehensive plastic waste legislation on March 25, alongside members of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution coalition, of which U.S. PIRG is a member.

If enacted, The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act would install a national bottle bill and ban some of the worst single-use plastics. The act would also shift more financial responsibility for collecting and processing plastic waste onto plastics producers, saving local and municipal governments billions of dollars annually.

“We’re inundated by plastic waste, and yet we continue to make more each year, harming our planet and ourselves,” said Alex Truelove, zero waste program director with U.S. PIRG.

U.S. PIRG advocates and supporters called on Congress to pass this vital legislation.

Read more.
Hear from U.S. Sen Merkley and U.S. Rep. Lowenthal.

Photo: U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley speaks at a rally in support of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act on March 25. Credit: Break Free From Plastic Pollution

Get involved

The companies that make products designed to be thrown away should be financially responsible for the plastic waste their products become. Send a message to your U.S. senators urging them to co-sponsor the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.

Henry Hintermeister
Creative Associate

Author: Henry Hintermeister

Creative Associate

 

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., magna cum laude, Tufts University

Henry grew up in southern Maine, where he developed his love for hiking, kayaking and track & field. He currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his girlfriend and enjoys getting together with family, reading fiction, listening to NPR and playing soccer.