LETTER: It’s time to end state ban on efforts to limit plastic waste

To Ozaukee Press:

If Wisconsin is going to begin to address the growing problem of managing disposable plastic waste, it is critically important that the Assembly Committee on Local Government holds a hearing on Assembly Bill 177, which repeals the 2015 Wisconsin statute that limits the authority of local governments to regulate single-use disposable-plastic containers in their communities.

Ask your state representative and state senator to co-sponsor AB 177 to repeal restrictions on local governments to regulate throwaway plastic bottles and bags.

Plastic waste pollution is a large problem that is projected to get worse. The Center for International Environmental Law describes plastic as “a pollutant of unique concern, as it does not break down quickly and accumulates in the environment as more is produced. It carries toxic impacts throughout its life cycle. Yet just as the world is coming to realize the dangers of plastic pollution and take action to prevent it, the petrochemical industry is poised to invest billions to expand plastic production by 40% in the next few decades. If they succeed, plastic will outweigh fish in our oceans by 2050.”

Local units of government are tasked by law to manage municipal solid waste, including plastics; they need to have Act 302, the law that limits their ability to manage disposable plastic, repealed.

The repeal is supported by six government and environmental groups; so far, no organizations oppose it.

To help control an obvious and dangerous form of pollution that threatens our environment, urge your state representatives to support the repeal of the harmful legislation that ties the hands of local government in managing plastic waste. Email Rep. Todd Novak, chair of the local government committee, at Rep. Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov and ask him to schedule a hearing on AB 177 to end the ban on plastic waste regulation.

Andrea Kaminski
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Madison

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