During the pandemic, single-use plastics masqueraded as a more hygienic alternative to reusable options. Not only has this been proven false, but we now have more plastic waste than officials know what to do with.
On July 16, MASSPIRG joined Community Action Works and other groups to host a webinar promoting better plastics policies as we emerge from the pandemic. State Reps. Marjorie Decker and Michelle Ciccolo joined the event to speak about bills they've introduced in the State House to restrict the use of plastics and update the Massachusetts bottle bill. To give these bills a boost, the webinar's hosts also trained the more than 100 attendees on how to advocate for bills in the state Legislature.
While there's still a ways to go before these bills become law, it's clear Bay Staters are passionate about reducing plastic waste — 144 cities and towns in the commonwealth have already passed some form of a ban on single-use plastics.
Watch the webinar.
Learn more about our work to end the use of single-use plastics.