The numbers are breathtaking: Half of the plastic that has ever existed was made in the last 13 years. We produce more than 330 tons of plastic annually, but our recycling efforts are pathetic. More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year.

It’s time that California stopped using the Pacific Ocean as a garbage dump and started taking a leadership role in phasing out the use of plastic products that aren’t recyclable.

A package of bills before the Legislature would represent a major step in that direction. Senate Bill 54 and it’s companion legislation, Assembly Bill 1080, would cut packaging and plastic waste by 75% by 2030. A third bill, AB 792, would require that beverage containers contain no less than 75% recycled plastic content by 2035.

The need is acute.

California’s ban of single-use plastic bags helped reduce the amount of plastic found along its 840-mile coastline. But pollution from plastics remains one of the greatest threats to ocean health. Plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade, and scientists are predicting that unless significant action is taken, by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic waste than fish.

Plastic breaks down into tiny pieces that can absorb …read more

Source:: East Bay – Science


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