Petition to Address Throwaway Plastics

Single use plastics are a major source of pollution in our streets, ocean, and waterways. Oil extraction and plastic production are poisonous to communities and ecosystems. Plastics are hard and costly to recycle; many end up dumped or burned. Disposable plastic contaminates the city composting program. These plastics are harmful to marine wildlife, causing distress and death. Plants and animals can uptake toxic chemicals attached plastic waste and concentrate them in our food.

There is a growing, international movement to address the problems plastic are causing our planet. Berkeley was a pioneer in passing the first ever ban on styrofoam in 1988. Policies passed in Berkeley become models for what is possible in other communities.

I respectfully request that Berkeley City Council advance bold and innovative policies to address the growing and undeniable problems that single-use disposable plastic products present.

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