Beach recycling program continues year-round
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) commended Keep
California Beautiful (KCB) and the California Coastal
Commission for the work they did to clean beaches
and oceans as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International
Coastal Clean Up Day. To support the effort, ACC
contributed collection bags.
One year ago, ACC entered into a successful partnership
with KCB and California State Parks to increase
the recycling of plastics, particularly on California
beaches. Under the “Plastics. Too Valuable to Waste.
Recycle” campaign, new recycle bins are in place
in various beach locations in Los Angeles, San Diego,
Monterey and Santa Cruz.
“Plastic should not end up as litter on our beaches,”
said ACC president and CEO Cal Dooley. “Our partnership
and program works in concert with efforts like the
International Coastal Clean Up to increase recycling
and protect our environment for the future of California.”
ACC’s efforts extend beyond the beach. ACC has worked
with the California Legislature to pass a law requiring
management programs in plastics facilities to reduce
the accidental release of plastic pellets. In addition,
ACC is working to promote the recycling of plastic
bags, including a comprehensive website with information
on plastic bag recycling, www.PlasticBagRecycling.org.
“Plastics are too valuable to waste,” Dooley said.
“If we all work together, we can make great progress.
We can reduce litter and we can increase recycling.”
More than 80 percent of United States households
have access to a recycling program, be it curbside
collection or community drop-off centers. Yet in
most areas, the demand for recycled plastics exceeds
the available supply. While there are approximately
2,100 certified recycling centers in California,
many people still treat plastics as trash instead
of a valuable material that is readily recyclable.