Groups call for passage of plastic pollution bills

Nine statewide organizations gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House to call for swift passage of bills relating to reducing plastic pollution.

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From left to right: Janet Domenitz, MASSPIRG; Eileen Ryan, Beyond Plastics; Vick Mohanka, Sierra Club, MA; Mara Shulman, Conservation Law Foundation; Lydia Churchill, Environment Massachusetts: Nancy Downes, Oceana; Alex Vai, Surfrider Massachusetts; Yash Patel, Community Action Works; Launa Zimmaro, League of Women Voters, MA; Rep. Mindy Domb, Amherst; At the podium: Sen. Becca Rausch, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources

Nine statewide organizations gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House this morning, along with two legislators, to call for swift passage of bills relating to reducing plastic pollution. The Joint Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources has a hearing scheduled for 1pm today to consider over a dozen bills aimed at limiting the use of a variety of single use plastics; from foodware to bags to containers and more. This morning’s gathering was a call to action, as many of these bills have been pending for several legislative sessions. “Action on reducing plastics is overdue. The pollution and litter is everywhere, the public –by dint of the 156 cities and towns who have passed local bans—is in support, and passing these bills will result in a cleaner and more sustainable Commonwealth,” said Janet Domenitz, Director of MASSPIRG.

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