Take Action: Bring the Plastic Pollution Fight to the VOTERS
California has long been a leader in fighting plastic pollution, and our leadership can have rippling impact. When we banned single-use plastic bags in 2016, we were the first state to do so. Now, eight states have done it. It’s up to us to continue to push solutions to an issue that is devastating our oceans and frontline communities.
The California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act of 2020 is a California ballot initiative aimed at reducing plastic pollution, restoring and protecting environments harmed by plastic pollution, and increasing recycling. Among other objectives, this initiative would:
- Reduce the amount of single-use plastic sold in CA by 25% by 2030
- Ensure the remaining is truly recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030
- Create a “plastics tax”: a fee on plastic producers that will help fund the state’s recycling and composting infrastructure, and restore environments impacted by plastic pollution
- Phase out the use of Expanded Polystyrene (so called “Styrofoam”) takeout containers in favor of more sustainable alternatives
If passed by voters, it would be the strongest regulation on disposable plastics in the country. This groundbreaking legislation was introduced in 2019 by Recology, a trash and recycling hauling company, and is supporting by numerous environmental organizations including Heal the Bay.
To get on the statewide ballot in 2022, this initiative needs signatures from California voters, and LOTS of them! As of now, the initiative is on track to qualify thanks to signatures from hundreds of thousands of Californians, but we need your help to get it past the finish line. Because signature gatherers have been pulled off of the streets due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are bringing the signature gathering to you. We have fortunately been given an extension on the deadline to get these signatures in, giving us a second chance to get the signatures we need.
To send in your signature, follow these simple steps. It’s as easy as PRINT. SIGN. MAIL. DONE. Please send in your signatures by the end of September for them to count.
- PRINT THE PETITION AND TOP FUNDERS SHEET
- Do not fill out on a computer
- You will need to print, staple, and submit all 8 pages (double-sided is ok)
- Review the text if you want more information on the initiative
- FILL IN YOUR INFORMATION
- On Page 8, fill in the county that you live in and are registered to vote in
- Fill in the signature box with your Printed Name & Residence Address, Signature, City & Zip Code
- Fill in the Declaration of Circulator box with your: Printed Name & Residence, Address Date range in which you obtained your signature(s) (can be the same day), Date you executed (signed) the Declaration of Circulator (must be signed last), Location of signing, and Signature
- MAIL YOUR COMPLETED PETITION
- Place the signed, stapled petition (all 8 pages) in an envelope and seal securely
- Use 2 Forever® letter stamps for a standard letter envelope. Use 3 Forever® stamps for a “9×12” envelope (add 2 Forever® stamps per additional petition included after the first)
- Place in outgoing mailbox to the following address:
CAMPAIGN OFFICES PLASTICS-FREE CA
26500 W. Agoura Rd, #102-146
Calabasas, CA 91302
Why do we have to print all 8 pages? That seems wasteful.
We agree, and we wish it was possible to submit signatures digitally just as much as you do. Unfortunately, the signature gathering protocol set by the state where many signatures are collected on one page by hired employees has been around for a very long time, and up until this year, had never been an issue. COVID-19 changed all that, and the state did not have time to set up a digital signature gathering method that would effectively count and verify signatures. So, printing and mailing is the best method the state has available to collect signatures at a safe distance.
Can others sign the same petition I print out?
Absolutely. We highly recommend having everyone in your household and shelter in place circle sign the same petition that you do. This will save paper AND get more signatures in.
Why won’t it be on the ballot until 2022?
Ballot initiatives appear on the ballot every two years, and this bill didn’t meet the deadline to make it onto this year’s ballot, so our next opportunity is in 2022.
How is this initiative different from Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 1080?
Although they are very similar, these bills focus on ALL disposable materials, not just plastics, and use different methods to reduce them. These bills also must be passed by the California legislature, whereas California voters themselves can pass the ballot initiative.
What if I have more questions?
Get in touch! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
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