It should come as no surprise that the topic of single-use plastic is one of the biggest environmental issues. After all, “single-use” was Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year last year, and many cities, and even countries, have recently banned single-use plastics like plastic straws. Yet not everyone is behind this trend of governments being the one who bans single-use plastic, such as Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who believes that decision should be left to businesses. However, California may become the first state that phases out single-use plastic.

As CNBC reports, “California lawmakers introduced legislation to phase out single-use plastic food containers and other packaging that can’t demonstrate it’s recyclable or compostable.” California has in many ways helped the lead the one on bans like this, such as becoming the first state with a single-use plastic bag ban and the first state to restrict plastic straws in restaurants. CNBC continues:

Proponents of the legislation say it could help reduce the problem of plastic ending up along beaches and in oceans and rivers. The issue has been highlighted by reports of whales and other marine life found with plastic items in their stomachs.

“We have to stop treating our oceans and planet like a dumpster,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who authored AB 1080. “Any fifth-grader can tell you that our addiction to single-use plastics is killing our ecosystems.” She added, “We have technology and innovation to improve how we reduce and recycle the plastic packaging and products in our state. Now we have to find the political will to do so.”

At the same time, backers of the legislation argue that discarded plastics has become a bigger concern in the past year since China started turning away plastic waste beginning in 2018.

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