Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

Senator Udall and Representative Lowenthal introduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act to the U.S. Congress in February 2020.

In an October press release, they welcomed announcements by manufacturers and consumer products companies in support of fees to support recycling, calling it a "big step in the right direction." The legislators cautioned, however, in placing too much of the burden for cleaning up waste on taxpayers instead of on the producers:

"Using producer fees—rather than taxpayer dollars—to fix our broken recycling system is a major pillar of our legislation, but it is not the only one. We look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders, including industry, on the broader comprehensive framework we introduced with the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. Requiring consumer brand companies and manufacturers to take responsibility for their excessive waste is absolutely necessary to tackle the colossal plastic and packaging waste problem that is choking our planet. Now that major industry groups are coming around to this reality, it’s time for Congress to act to fix this wasteful and unsustainable system."