Take Action to Conserve Resources, Prevent Pollution, and Protect the Environment. Right from your computer, right now! CAW makes it easy for you to take action on any of the critical issues below. Send emails to top decision-makers when they need to hear from you.
Take Action on Single Use Plastic Bags
Introduced in the 1970s, the now ubiquitous plastic grocery bag costs millions in litter management on our streets, our waterways, and even our recycling facilities and landfills. Everywhere we look, whether we are on the coast or inland, we cannot escape this visual blight which also poses a hazard for our wildlife through ingestion or entanglement.
Senate Bill 270 (by Senators Padilla, de Leon, and Lara) would reduce these unnecessary costs and impacts by prohibiting single-use plastic grocery bags in California stores. Alternative bags can be sold for ten cents each. Local ordinances already in place, which currently cover a third of the state's population, would be grandfathered in.
SB 270 passed the California State Senate on August 29, 2014, and passed the Assembly Floor the day before. Governor Jerry Brown has until midnight on September 30 to sign the bill into law.
Other Current Actions
Architectural Paint Stewardship Implementation
The passage of CAW-sponsored bill AB 1343 (Assembly Member Huffman) created the Architectural Paint Stewardship Program, which is now going through regulatory review. So far, CalRecycle has hosted a paint workshop to solicit public comments for the Draft informal regulatory text. PaintCare, the stewardship organization that would run the program, was also there to give presentation.
Here are some tools to keep up-to-date on the paint implementation process:
Pharmaceutical Waste In Focus
Faced with mounting evidence that a majority of waterways contain pharmaceutical compounds, legislators have begun the search for solutions to this vexing problem. The improper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals is a major contributor to the pharmaceutical pollution problem.
Pharmaceutical Pollution: Why is it a Problem?
The United States Geological Survey have found that 80% of the waterways they have searched for contain trace amounts of pharmaceutical compounds. While trace amounts of pharmaceuticals have unknown affects on humans, they have a demonstrated, negative affect on certain wildlife, such as fish. Trace amounts of antidepressants in particular, which are found in may waterways, cause abnormalities in the fish reproductive cycle.