Fri June 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.—June 26, 2019—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Interim President & CEO Patty Long:

“Save Our Seas 2.0 is another important, bipartisan step forward to address the critical issue of marine waste and its impact on the environment. The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) applauds the continued leadership of Senators Sullivan and Whitehouse in introducing these additions to last year’s  Save Our Seas Act. The industry also appreciates the involvement of Senator Menendez with some key new international provisions to elevate the issue of marine debris as a national foreign relations priority.

PLASTICS is proud to support SOS 2.0 which will build upon the progress the industry is making to address marine debris across the world. New proposals like the Marine Debris Response Trust Fund, as well as more research to understand the root causes of this global issue and federal support for improving water and waste management infrastructure are all critical to any effort to comprehensively address the threat marine debris poses to our oceans and waterways. 

The industry must be a part of the solution, and PLASTICS is committed to working on a bipartisan basis with the sponsors and cosponsors of this bill to improve plastics recovery, increase plastics recycling and keep our materials and products out of the marine environment.”