Sierra Club Grassroots Network Team Joined Hill Week of Action on Plastics June 14th and 15th 2023

A group of people stand in front of a government building holding a large sign that reads "Break Free From Plastic"
Sierra Club Grassroots Network Joins Capitol Hill Week of Action on Plastics June 2023

Sierra Club joined participants from approximately 26 other organizations in the second annual Capitol Hill Week of Action on Plastics on June 14th and 15th. Advocates met with Congressional members and staff to seek support for upcoming plastic-reduction legislation, including the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act, and efforts to strengthen the EPA’s draft plastic reduction strategy. We highlighted the health hazards and environmental justice concerns caused by plastic production, explaining that many plastic production facilities are located in predominantly Black, Brown and Native communities. Champions called for viable source reduction solutions such as investment in reusable packaging to replace single-use plastic. 

The Action marked an important Congressional educational opportunity since a number of Congressional Members and their staff were not fully informed about the harmful effects of plastics or plastic-reduction solutions. We want to thank those members who have shown leadership by introducing or co-sponsoring legislation on plastics or initiating conversations and correspondence with Federal agencies regarding stricter regulations. 

Grassroots Network activists from the Zero Waste team (Chris Powell) and the Single-Use Plastic Plus subteam (Susan Schorr), both from Washington, DC, joined lead organizers Break Free From Plastic and Oceana. Other key organizations included Greenpeace, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Surfrider, 5 Gyres, GAIA, Society of Native Nations, National Resource Defence Council and the Center for Biological Diversity. Participants broke up into 5 groups to meet with members from both parties in both chambers. 

Below are highlights of current legislation or other actions on plastics: