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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.

Urgent Actions

Take Action On Single-Use Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Ordinances

The problem of plastic litter is only growing. Plastic is the fastest-growing component of the waste stream, and plastic pollution like expanded polystyrene (eps) and single-use bags are among the most commonly found items during beach and coastal cleanups.  Because plastic essentially never biodegrades, once littered plastic becomes a permanent environmental problem.

The solution is clear: highly-littered plastic items like plastic bags and polystyrene food packaging need to be banned. Californians should reduce their use of disposable packaging. Find out more about our Campaign to End Single Use Plastic Bags and other plastic litter.


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.