Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021

The Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, together with our associates and partners, support the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 (BFFPPA). We are committed to responding to the crisis of Earth, which is increasingly worsened by plastic production and pollution. Contact your Senators and Representatives or send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to show your support of this legislation.

We are deeply concerned that the United States produces the most plastic waste per capita of any country, an astounding 91% of which is never recycled. The U.S. has 4% of the world’s population but creates 12% of the world’s waste. Of the more than 350 million tons of plastic produced each year globally, 8 million tons wind up as plastic waste in the world’s oceans. Every year, the United States alone burns or buries in landfills 32 million tons of plastic, impacting the health of nearby communities. The petrochemical industry and its pollution disproportionately harm people of color and low-income communities where production plants choose to locate.

The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 builds on successful statewide laws across the country and outlines practical plastic reduction strategies to realize a healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable future. It will tackle the exploding crisis of plastic pollution and transform waste and recycling management in the United States. This legislation seeks to meaningfully address the plastic pollution crisis by: 

  • Shifting the responsibility to design, manage and finance waste management and recycling programs to the manufacturers of packaging and foodservice products.
  • Prohibiting plastic waste from being shipped to developing countries.
  • Launching a nationwide beverage container refund program to bolster recycling rates.
  • Banning single-use plastic bags and placing a fee on the distribution of the remaining bags, which has been successful at the state level.
  • Banning certain single-use plastic products that are not recyclable.
  • Establishing minimum recycled content requirements for beverage containers, packaging and foodservice products.
  • Channeling huge investments in U.S. domestic recycling and composting infrastructure.
  • Putting a moratorium on new and expanding plastic production facilities and infrastructure projects until the EPA updates and/or creates vital environmental and health regulations to protect low-resourced and marginalized communities.
  • Requiring the EPA with the Academies of Science to conduct a comprehensive study on the environment and cumulative public health impacts of incinerators and so-called “chemical recycling” facilities.

This is a national and global issue. We strongly urge bipartisan cooperation to pass this bill.

   June 28th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Earth Spirituality, Featured Stories, General, In The News