The plastic pollution that plagues our cities and communities is now in a crisis and the first state to require a mandatory ban on plastic pollution, according to a report from the state’s environmental health office.
The report, released Monday, was the first time California has required a mandatory cap-and-trade system for plastic pollution.
The state also announced it will phase out its plastic waste incinerator by 2025, and it plans to replace the city’s toxic waste dump with a landfill.
The new plan includes measures to prevent the spread of plastic-related disease, and to minimize plastic waste at the waste incinerators.
The plan calls for a $5 million grant to help communities implement the cap- and-trade program, and a $15 million cap-on-payments program to help cities offset the costs of cleaning up plastic pollution from their municipal buildings.
It’s a bold move that will help fight the spread and spread of plastics in the Bay Area, said state Sen. Anthony Rendon, D-San Francisco.
The proposal will be presented to the Assembly next week.
California already requires cities and towns to set aside a portion of their land for plastic trash collection, and the state has capped the amount of plastic that can be placed on private property.
However, in recent years, the amount that can legally be placed has increased dramatically.
California also allows local governments to establish cap-exempt zones, where people cannot enter the area without special permission, such as for fire safety or construction purposes.
The new plan will require that all cities and town councils establish their own cap-or-trade programs, with the first one required to go into effect by 2025.
The proposed cap- on-payment program will help reduce plastic waste and pollution at municipal waste incineraters.
It will provide a cash incentive for communities to reduce their plastic pollution by adopting the program and paying for the cost of removing plastic pollution to the land.
“Our goal is to make sure that our local governments, in particular, have the tools to actually implement a sustainable approach,” Rendon said.
The cap- or-trade initiative is expected to save the state $1.7 billion over 10 years.