Recycling bills would help stem the flow of plastic into the ocean

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AB 1080 and SB 54 present bold and ambitious solutions that would address plastic pollution.

By Mike Sweeney and

Mike Sweeney is executive director of the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, california@tnc.org.

Margaret Spring, Special to CalMatters

Margaret Spring is chief conservation and science officer for Monterey Bay Aquarium, conscience@mbayaq.org.

California is in a state of emergency. The list of threats seems endless: unprecedented wildfires driven by climate change, economic and public health uncertainty associated with the novel coronavirus, and the stark realities of racial injustice. Add to these concerns, the long-ignored plastic pollution crisis in the waters off California and around the globe. 



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