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Californians Against Waste Sunday May 24, 2015

Hot Issues

Plastic Bag Ban, Sb 270

Protect California's Bag Ban From Out-of-State Interests

The California State Legislature became the first in the nation to approve a plastic bag ban in August of 2014, and on September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.

Before the ink even dried, the plastic bag industry filed a referendum to repeal the law. Paid signature gatherers collected signatures across the state in the last months of 2014. Field reports indicated that these signature gatherers used any means necessary to get signatures, from begging to outright lies.

In late February 2015, the Secretary of State reported that the bag ban referendum had qualified and would appear on the November 2016 ballot. Supporters of the nation's first statewide bag ban should uphold SB 270 by voting 'yes'.

Plastic bag manufacturers are desperate to stop the bag ban! According to the Secretary of State, the industry has already spent more than $3 million in this effort, with 98% of the money coming from out-of-state interests.

Learn more about the CA vs Big Plastic campaign.


Feb 24, 2015 Press Release: Plastic Industry's SB 270 Referendum Qualifies, Plastic Bag Ban Supporters Announce More Local Bag Bans

FAQs - Living Without Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags





icon_caw_top_priority Our Top Priority Legislation

AB 888 (Bloom) - Plastic Microbeads

Summary. AB 888 would ban the sale of plastic microbeads contained in toothpaste, facial scrubs and other personal care products. Position and Status. AB 888 is sponsored by CAW. The bill has been approved by the Assembly.  Description.   Plastic microbeads have been introduced into personal care products over the past decade and have been found in oceans, lakes (including the Great Lakes) and rivers throughout the world.  They are generally not recovered in traditional wastewater treatment plants. The tiny pieces of plastic are then dumped into oceans and fresh water sources by the trillions.  They absorb environmental toxins and are consumed by fish and wildlife, polluting our food chain. This bill seeks to reduce the problem at the source by banning plastic microbeads in personal care products by 2020. Natural alternatives such as apricot shells, cocoa beans, and salt and sugar are ready alternatives that are already used in some products.

AB 888 Fact Sheet

Current language, analyses, and votes

Please support AB 888!

For Organizations or Agencies: Sample support letter to the bill author (fax number included)

For Individuals: Take action and urge your Assemblymember to support (it only takes a minute and you can edit the prewritten email)

SB 778 (Allen) Automotive Oil Quality Standards

Summary. SB 778 would improve standards for automotive oil so that drivers would only have to change their oil every 10,000 miles.  Position and Status. SB 778 is sponsored by CAW. The bill passed  Senate Committee on Environmental Quality 4-1 and will now go to Senate Appropriations.

AB 199 (Eggman) - Sales Tax Exemption

Summary. AB 199 provides financial assistance in the form of sales tax exemption on equipment purchases to businesses that process or utilized recycled feedstock.

Position and Status. CAW is the sponsor of AB 199. AB 199 passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on March 23rd, and is in Asm Revenue & Taxation Committee.


Californians Against Waste is recognized as one of the nation's leading non-profit environmental research and advocacy organizations focusing on resource conservation and pollution prevention through waste reduction and recycling. The organization's 37 year history and track record of accomplishments has demonstrated it to be principled, practical, creative and effective. Find out more about CAW.