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.

For Washington

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.

Issue updates

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Solid Waste

Report examines America’s waste problem over past 3 years

Every year, the average American throws out nearly 1,800 pounds of trash. On Thursday, PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and Community Action Works released a new report, Trash in America: Moving from destructive consumption towards a zero-waste system. The report examines America’s waste problem and recommends 10 steps the United States should take to build a “zero waste” economy.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Amazon’s outrageous waste practice — and what you can do to stop it | Aaron Colonnese

Every year, Amazon destroys unsold and returned products by the millions. It's the pinnacle of unnecessary waste, and it has to stop.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Students host hundreds of local actions for Youth Earth Week

BOSTON - The Student PIRGs, a student environmental organizing group, is partnering with local organizations, student governments and elected officials to host in-person and virtual actions to celebrate Youth Earth Week, a national effort of more than 250 actions around the country to protect the environment, from April 19 to 23.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Comprehensive bill calls for U.S. to move beyond plastic

WASHINGTON -- As plastic pollution becomes an increasingly dire problem, elected officials in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation Thursday to address the issue. On Capitol Hill today, Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA) unveiled the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021, a bill to improve the health of our people and our planet.


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News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Solid Waste

U.S. PIRG Education Fund urges the public to hold Coca-Cola accountable on its pledge to reduce plastic use

The Coca-Cola Company, a top plastic polluter according to a 2020 Brand Audit from the nonprofit Break Free From Plastic, announced a new commitment today to start using plastic bottles made with 100 percent recycled plastic for select brands in some U.S. states. According to the company, it would account for a nearly 20 percent reduction of new plastic used in North America compared to 2018. The commitment follows similar ones made by other major consumer goods companies, recently documented by U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Break Free From Plastic movement urges incoming Biden administration, Congress to reduce plastic pollution

Over 250 environmental groups, alongside U.S. PIRG, sent a thirteen key recommendations today to the 117th Congress outlining strategies on how to reduce plastic pollution through future legislative spending packages.

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News Release | WashPIRG Foundation | Solid Waste

Washington groups urge Whole Foods: Put planet over plastic and eliminate plastic packaging

Environment Washington Research & Policy Center, WashPIRG Foundation and other nonprofits launched a campaign in Washington alongside national partners on Tuesday calling on Whole Foods to change its practices on plastic packaging. The decision comes after the supermarket chain received an “F” for its policies on single-use plastic packaging from As You Sow, an environmental shareholder advocacy nonprofit. 

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Amazon’s outrageous waste practice — and what you can do to stop it | Aaron Colonnese

Every year, Amazon destroys unsold and returned products by the millions. It's the pinnacle of unnecessary waste, and it has to stop.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Channel your inner Woodsy Owl, the original zero-waste influencer | Mike Litt

Celebrating my favorite government mascot’s 50th birthday by sharing the zero-waste tips I have made a part of my life.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Our environment pays the price for plastic, and so do consumers

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.

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Maryland and Maine become the first states to ban plastic foam. Who's next?

Maryland and Maine are the first states in the U.S. to put a plastic foam container ban on the books, but other states aren't far behind.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

More than 10,000 people pledge to skip the straw

More than 10,000 Americans said "no" to plastic straws in February. Feb. 22 marked the third annual national Skip the Straw Day—a day created by Michigan middle school students who were fed up with plastic pollution and its impact on wildlife and the planet.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Nestle plans to phase out plastic straws as more corporations respond to consumer demand

Nestle is responding to consumer demands to reduce plastic waste.

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Fixing your device just got easier: Right to repair movement scores major win

Repairing your electronic device just got a little easier thanks to a seemingly unexpected source: The Library of Congress.

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Google’s parent company, Alphabet*, faces shareholder proposal because of history of repair restrictions

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The national chain prides itself on being a green grocer, but in reality, their promises fall short. Here are 10 steps that Whole Foods should take – many of which have already been taken by other retailers – to be more sustainable and ultimately be an industry leader once again.

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Apple reversed its longstanding policy against selling spare parts, providing repair instructions, and making repair software tools available to customers.

Solid Waste

EPA’s National Recycling Strategy doesn’t go far enough

The EPA has finalized part one of its National Recycling Strategy, which seeks to build a more circular economy by allowing citizens easier access to recycling. But given that less than 10% of plastic waste is recycled, the plan fails to account for the reality that if we truly hope to get plastic pollution under control, we just need to use less to begin with.

 

Solid Waste

Apple corrects course on Right to Repair

Once one of the most visible opponents to repair access, Apple has now reversed its longstanding policy against making spare parts and repair software tools available to customers. The commitment came just days after the company pledged to stop deactivating Face ID for iPhone screens repaired independently.

 

Solid Waste

Let’s 'Buy Less, Give More' this holiday season

For many, this holiday season will feel like a return to normal. But what if we didn't return to piles of presents and even bigger piles of waste? We don't have to, and U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s “Buy Less, Give More” guide has suggestions for what to do instead.

 

Solid Waste

Microsoft corrects course on Right to Repair

Tech giant Microsoft is finally listening to the thousands of Americans who want the right to repair their stuff. The company has announced a commitment to research the benefits of making repair tools and documentation available beyond its authorized repair network, and to then act on those findings by the end of 2022.

 
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