The Bottle Bill Works
WORKING FOR A COMMONSENSE BILL — WashPIRG is calling on Gov. Jay Inslee and the legislature to implement a 5-cent deposit on beverage containers to reduce litter and increase recycling.
To Increase Recycling
Washingtonians are recycling more than ever, but we’re still throwing away more than two-thirds of our plastic bottles! That’s why we’re working to pass a 5-cent redeemable deposit on beverage containers to increase recycling and put Washington on the path towards zero waste.
To Reduce Waste
The Bottle Bill is proven to be one of the nation’s most successful recycling programs. The 10 states with Bottle Bills have an average container recycling rate of 60 percent. And with budget cuts threatening our litter control programs, we need to take action to make sure our neighborhoods, parks and waterways don’t get trashed.
Big beverage companies and waste haulers will fight to maintain the status quo. But by demonstrating the public’s overwhelming support—and by putting our experts and advocates in the hearing rooms and offices where key decisions are being made—we can pass this commonsense bill.
Every year, Amazon destroys unsold and returned products by the millions. It's the pinnacle of unnecessary waste, and it has to stop.
Celebrating my favorite government mascot’s 50th birthday by sharing the zero-waste tips I have made a part of my life.
It’s the plastics industry’s worst-kept secret: a huge percentage of their products are designed to be used once then thrown away -- and yet it’s us, the consumers, who are left to pay for the cleanup.
As Microsoft joins the $2 trillion club, a shareholder group presses for Right to Repair
The Fortune 50 retailer Target announced a new goal Tuesday to reduce its use of virgin plastic 20 percent by 2025 across its own brand frequency products. It is part of a new sustainability strategy called Target Forward and covers such key categories as household cleaning, personal care and beauty.
In response to a shareholder proposal filed by Green Century and As You Sow, Target agreed on May 5 to set a goal for eliminating virgin plastic from its private brand packaging for fast-moving goods. Green Century is, like PIRG, a member of The Public Interest Network.
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed America's strongest plastic pollution reduction bill to date into law. The legislation bans polystyrene packing peanuts, coolers and foodware (making Washington the seventh state to do so), and specifies minimum levels of post-consumer recycled content for plastic trash bags, beverage bottles and other items.
Manufacturers too often prevent consumers from repairing the products they own, resulting in more waste and more cost to consumers. An FTC report now asserts that manufacturer justifications for repair restrictions have "scant evidence" to support them.
The Superfund Reinvestment Act would ensure the federal Superfund Trust — which pays for toxic waste cleanups where the liable party cannot be found or cannot pay — is fully funded through a "Polluters Pay" tax.
Tools & Resources
MAY 2021 LETTER URGES COMPANY TO TAKE ACTION ON PLASTIC PACKAGING
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