Pam Clough from Environment Washington gave a great presentation to the Caucus on the plastics packaging problem, and what we in Washington can do about it. Many manufacturers are now shipping products in packaging made from multiple types of materials (e.g., an aluminum can with a plastic lining) that make them unrecycleable. So Environment Washington is working together Zero Waste Washington and other groups in the Plastic Free WA coalition to pass new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation to require manufacturers to pay for the costs of packaging disposal. Slides from her talk are here.
What can we do? As it turns out, quite a lot!
- Sign the petition in support
- RSVP for the Seattle clean-up day on Saturday, October 22 on Make A Difference Day. You can invite your community along too! This toolkit has materials for helping with this.
- You can follow the campaign by joining this group on Facebook, or checkout #plasticfreeWA on Twitter.