Beyond plastic

America's plastic problem has gotten way out of hand.

Most of us diligently recycle, take reusable bags with us when we shop, and look for new ways to stop using so much single use plastic “stuff”. Our individual actions are necessary, but won’t be enough. The good news is that the momentum to move beyond plastic is growing. More states, communities and businesses are getting rid of plastic bags, foam containers and other plastic “stuff” we can live without. 

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In 2015, Americans landfilled or incinerated over 50 million tons of compostable waste. That is enough to fill a line of fully-loaded 18-wheelers, stretching from New York City to Los Angeles ten times.

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Increasing compost can quickly and efficiently decrease methane emissions in landfills and restore soil health.

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I like that PIRG digs down and finds ways the system has been rigged against our long-term welfare and tries to translate that into legislative and legal action at the state, local and national levels. Nick Bridge, Member

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Statement: California Attorney General announces investigation into plastic producers for role in global plastic crisis

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Statement: California Attorney General announces investigation into plastic producers for role in global plastic crisis

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced on Thursday an investigation into the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries for their alleged role in causing and exacerbating the global plastics pollution crisis.

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Matt
Casale

Matt
Casale

Director, Environment Campaigns, PIRG

Susan
Rakov

Susan
Rakov

Managing Director, Frontier Group; Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network

Mark
Morgenstein

Mark
Morgenstein

Director of Media Relations, The Public Interest Network