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Nearly 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year globally. According to research by National Geographic, most of this plastic debris comes from single-use plastic items like plastic bags, bottle caps, plastic water bottles, and Styrofoam™ cups. Consumer use of these products is measured in days or minutes, while the environmental, public health, and social costs are measured in generations or centuries.
Global plastic production is approaching one million tons per day and is set to double by 2030. If this continues, experts project that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. It is time for California to take action, and the Plastics Free California initiative aims to do just that.
On August 11, 2020, supporters of the Plastics Free CA initiative submitted more than 870,000 voter signatures to qualify for the ballot – significantly more than the 623,212 signatures required.
The initiative was originally on track to appear on the November 2020 ballot; however, signature gathering was slowed to respect and protect public health as a result of the pandemic. A court extended the original deadline, and a surge of volunteer support provided the remaining signatures needed to appear on the next general election to occur after this November – presumably in November 2022.
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