LOCAL: Los Angeles County passed an ordinance requiring single-use foodware to be compostable or recyclable, bans expanded polystyrene (EPS) products, and requires reusables at eateries, while (just this month!) Los Angeles City passed three ordinances banning EPS products, prohibiting all single-use plastic bags, and requiring zero-waste plans for all City facilities and events.
The Plastic Pollution Reduction & Recycling Act (SB 54) was signed into law, aiming to “turn off the tap” on single-use plastics in California. While 5 Gyres remained neutral on this bill (learn why here
), we played a role in key stakeholder meetings to share scientific research and stay true to our Honest Broker mission.
FEDERAL: We joined advocates from around the country and descended on Capitol Hill to lobby for the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Pollution Act. It was inspiring and energizing to be part of 44 meetings with congressional offices to underscore the urgent need to pass this bill into law and protect people and the planet from plastic pollution. As part of the Plastic Free Parks Working Group, we are also trying to reduce the Department of the Interior's 10-year timeline to phase out single-use plastic in national parks and federal lands through data collection and community science.