(CNN) To reduce the effects of widespread plastic pollution, California Government Gavin Newsom signed into law the country’s heaviest bans on single-use plastic packaging and packaging on Thursday, the same day the Supreme Court reduced environmental protection. Agency’s ability to deal with the growing climate problem.
The law requires that parcels in conjunction with plastic-use food service ware be reused or assembled by 2032. It is also necessary by 2032 to reduce by 25% the sale of plastic packages and 65% of all single-use plastic packages. Recycled. It also establishes an accountability team, including industry representatives, to run a new government-led recycling program.
“Our children deserve a future free of plastic waste and all its harmful effects, everything from polluting our oceans to killing animals – polluting the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat,” Newsom, Democrat, said in a statement. “Never again.”
Participants discussed language in the bill to draft legislation that would significantly reduce plastic production, increase recycling and composting and ease the burden of plastic pollution on the industry.
Newsom signed the law as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency a broad mandate to regulate the emissions of planetary heat from the power plants. This view has been widely criticized by environmentalists and scientists who have complained that the Earth is running out of time to control climate change.
According to a report released last year, plastic produces at least 232 million tons of hot gas annually, the same as the average emissions from 116 coal-fired power stations.
“Remember that when you make plastic, there is a greenhouse gas, but these emissions also release a large amount of air toxins and particles,” Judith Enck, former regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency and now president of Beyond Plastics, told CNN. “It’s really dangerous to health.”
Plastic also exacerbates environmental injustices. As the industry grows, refineries and production facilities often establish shops in neglected color communities. According to the report, more than 90% of air pollution from the plastics industry occurs in 18 communities along the Gulf Coast, home to many low-income residents and people of color.