Waste

Clean Water is  taking-on single use products. From shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles, our goal is to minimize the use of single use products.  We engage businesses, local governments, and individual consumers in rethinking the disposable lifestyle.

Overflowing Garbage Can

Support Berkeley's groundbreaking waste reduction ordinance

Right now, streets, waterways, and coastlines across the San Francisco Bay Area are littered with plastic. Food containers, cups, cutlery, straws, bottle caps, wrappers, and other take-out food packaging have become all too common sights. Packaging waste and plastics designed for single use application and discarded after mere minutes are growing as a significant portion of the waste stream and recycling can’t keep up. According to the EPA, in 2014 over 33 million tons of plastic waste was generated, and only 9.5% was recycled. This plastic waste epidemic is a problem for not only creating blight in our communities from all the litter, but for our streams and oceans too -- 80% of plastics and trash that are in the ocean right now started as trash on the street or in a landfill. If we don’t stop this unnecessary consumption and disposal of single use plastics, there will be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish by 2050.

Recent Actions

Take the Pledge to Reduce Single-Use today!

Pledge to reduce your reliance on single-use disposable products and packaging.

Let's Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags in Rhode Island!

Let your State Representative and Senator know that you want them to support statewide legislative efforts to phase out single-use plastic bags once and for all!

Press Releases

December 21, 2017

Clean Water Action is looking forward to having NJ’s next governor put Catherine McCabe in the driver’s seat as the new NJDEP Commissioner. She is a person who has made a career of being a science-based environmentalist.

Make “House Call” on South Carolina Company Spending the Most To Overturn Environmental Protections, Persist with Plastic Pollution

Waste Blog Posts

Minnesota State Capitol-Drew Geraets
April 24, 2018

We are halfway through the Minnesota 2018 legislative session and it’s been made clear that some of our lawmakers are not willing to put our environment and public health first. They are placing policies that ignore science and weaken protections for our land, air, and water before people.

NJ_RethinkDisposable_PlasticWaste_AdobeStock Photo
April 23, 2018

If you have read the news recently, you have probably seen an article or two about a recent study of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.

April 20, 2018

We're getting so excited for our 32nd Annual Conference, Rise Up, Persist & Win, happening next weekend, Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 9 am to 5 at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, NJ. Don't miss our Keynote Speaker First Lady Tammy Murphy, who also serves as Secretary and charter member of The Climate Reality Action Fund, an organization founded by former Vice-President Al Gore.