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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2022 Legislative Recap: Some wins, some missed opportunities

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2022 Legislative Recap: Some wins, some missed opportunities

Every year, guided by our program agenda and with the support of our thousands of members across the state, WashPIRG advocates in Olympia to advance state level legislation that would create a healthier future for Washington. The 2022 legislative session ended last month, so we wanted to highlight some of the progress that was made this year, and some of the missed opportunities.

2022 Program Agenda

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2022 Program Agenda

Each year, WashPIRG sets out goals for the legislative session and beyond. In addition to helping us measure our progress, our program agenda lets decision-makers know which high-priority consumer items our members want us to tackle.

Statement: Consumer, environmental advocates welcome Coca-Cola’s commitment to reuse

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Statement: Consumer, environmental advocates welcome Coca-Cola’s commitment to reuse

ATLANTA--- The Coca-Cola Co., the world’s top plastic polluter according to a recent Global Brand Audit, announced on Thursday a new commitment to use refillable or returnable glass or plastic bottles – or refillable containers at fountains and dispensers – for at least 25% of global beverage sales across its entire brand portfolio by 2030.

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