The Sea Turtle Restoration Project needs your help today to support legislative efforts this year in California to ban plastic bags, reduce plastic in fast-food carry-out, and create a Plastic Pollution Reduction Producer Responsibility Act to engage industries in solving the global marine plastic pollution problem.
Decades of public education have done very little to slow the growing wave of disposable plastic items manufactured to support a "throw-away lifestyle" that end up as marine debris in the ocean. That's why we support the policies below to change the way California manages their toxic plastic habits.
Endangered leatherback sea turtles that feed on jellyfish off the coast of California often mistake plastic for their normal prey. The ingestion of plastics can be harmful or even deadly to leatherback sea turtles. Pacific leatherback sea turtles are declining towards extinction and rely on clean, plastic-free feeding areas offshore of California for their continued survival.
At their current rate of decline, Pacific leatherback sea turtles could be extinct in 20 years. Scientists have determined over 35% of leatherback sea turtles contain ingested plastic. California has a critical role to play in preventing plastic marine debris, from entering the environment.
Take action below and share these calls to action with friends, family, and all your contacts in California! UPDATED May 28th.
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Senate Bill 405 - Solid Waste: Single-Use Carryout Bags
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SB 405 proposes to ban single-use plastic bags throughout California at
supermarkets and drug stores and allows for the sale of reusable,
paper, and (in certain jurisdictions) compostable plastic bags. This
bill seeks to reduce the total cost to manage plastic bag litter in our
streets, waterways, ocean and even our recycling facilities and
landfills, which amounts to millions of dollars that could be saved each
year. This is the most important bill to support as others have been recently suspended!
Assembly Bill 158 - Solid Waste: Single-Use Carryout Bags
Unfortunately, this bill has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 Legislative cycle. Thanks for your support, please rally behind SB 405! AB 158 proposes to ban single-use plastic grocery bags throughout California at full-line grocery stores with more than 10,000 square feet of floor space or more than $2 million in annual sales. This action would effectively reduce the amount of plastic waste in California that could become litter in the ocean.
Assembly Bill 521 - Recycling: Marine Plastic Pollution
Unfortunately, this bill has been suspended for the remainder of the
2013 Legislative cycle. Thanks for your support, please rally behind SB
521 proposes to significantly reduce plastic pollution by making producers
of plastic products (particularly singe-use packaging) responsible for
their product design, recovery, collection, and recycling programs to
prevent the marine plastic pollution caused by their item. This bill
would create the Plastic Pollution Reduction Producer Responsibility
Act, which would require California to adopt a statewide goal of
reducing marine plastic pollution by 75% by 2020 and 95% by 2025.
Assembly Bill 1142 - State Beaches and Parks Smoking Ban
Unfortunately, this bill did not get support in committee hearings and did not advance this year. Thanks for your support, please rally behind SB
405! AB 1142 proposes to expand on the existing law that makes it an infraction for a person to smoke within 25 feet of a playground or toddler sandbox area. The bill would make it an infraction for a person to smoke on a state coastal beach. This bill would help to reduce cigarette marine debris, which contains plastic and toxic chemicals.