Each year, 33 billion pounds of plastic enter the marine environment — and our Pacific shoreline isn’t immune.
To address this plastic pollution crisis, the Washington Legislature passed Senate Bill 5022 on April 7. The bill bans expanded polystyrene foam (what most of us call Styrofoam) peanuts, coolers and foodware; requires businesses to provide single-use foodware only upon request; and ensures that plastic bottles and trash bags contain a certain level of post-consumer recycled content. Environment Washington advocated for the bill, connected constituents with their legislators to support the bill, and even rallied citizens around “Washingtonians Against Waste,” an online collection of stories from Washingtonians who worked to put wildlife over waste.
“Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing issues facing Washington’s rivers, oceans and wildlife,” said Mandy Apa, Environment Washington campaign associate. “This bill will make Washington a national leader in preventing plastic pollution.”
The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for signature.
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