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California Must Lead on Cutting Down Plastic Waste

We can do something about it. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Switching from plastic containers to more aluminum means easier recycling with fewer environmental costs. Recycling is good, but our first goal should be reducing our plastic gluttony. Read more here...

Recycling News

Californians Against Waste is one of the oldest and most accomplished environmental advocacy organizations in the country and successfully introduces and passes important recycling and environmental legislation every year. Please consider a donation in support of this work and explore this website to learn more about CAW's achievements since it was founded in 1977.



Bring Back the Milkman!

A lot of things were downright bad in the good old days but our consumption habits were better. That we would use something for less than 12 minutes and then throw that object away where it could linger in the environment indefinitely was anathema.

This latest short film hearkens back to a time before convenience culture, to when re-use was the norm.

Night of the Living Plastics

Californians Against Waste is proud to announce its worldwide premiere of Night of the Living Plastics, a playful short film aimed spreading awareness of our scary plastic waste reality.

Please share with your family, friends, and any one else on the fence about waste reduction.


California Voters Uphold California's Plastic Bag Ban, The First Statewide Ban in the Nation

Learn about our successful ballot fight to protect California's single-use plastic bag ban from out-of-state special interests.

Read about the requirements for stores and reusable bag producers.

See a list of 1,200+ Businesses, Organizations, Community Groups, Elected Officials & Individuals that supported the effort.

Explore our Bag Ban Toolkit and learn more about plastic bag pollution.

Have Questions? See Living Without Single-Use Plastic Bags Under SB270


The Fight to Ban Polystyrene

This year, CAW fought for a statewide ban on polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers. The number of local polystyrene bans is growing as the consequences of polystyrene and other non-recyclable plastics is becoming impossible to ignore. 

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2019-2020 Legislation

Learn about current legislation in the California Legislature.  

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Reducing Food Waste

Learn more about the initiatives sparking change in food waste policy throughout California for the better.

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