Raise the California Redemption Value To .25 cents. Help the plastic abatement movement.

Raise the California Redemption Value To .25 cents. Help the plastic abatement movement.

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Carine Jolie started this petition to Calrecycl Calrecycle.org and

We’ve all seen the videos of the floating “plastic island”. We’ve all felt anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Fortunately, even though the problem is global, there are solutions we can implement as individuals.   
The bottle deposit and redemption program is now 32 years old. It’s an excellent step towards the problem, however it needs to scale in order to meet the three+ decades of growth in usage of single-use plastic.  
According to the site calrecycle.gov, over a billion dollars have been generated, based on their reporting that 300 billion cans and bottles have been collected and redeemed.
The deposit should be increased to a minimum of 25¢, to expedite plastic waste abatement. It will serve as a convenience fee that will support or fund clean-up efforts and activities, for the containers not recycled.  
As initially intended, the increased deposit will fuel and incent higher redemption rates, thereby facilitating trash abatement. It’s much easier to throw away 5¢ than it is 25¢ or 50¢. Every  bottle/can becomes more valuable, and will find its way to a proper facility, instead of ending up in our streets, fields, rivers, and oceans.
We have become accustomed to paying extra for convenience without giving it a second thought. Think tire disposal fees, delivery charges for food or laundry, and of course, ordering something online and knowing you’ll get it tomorrow.
This increased deposit will make a tremendous difference by slowing the rate at which the oceans’ plastic islands grow. It will help decrease anxiety, and  fund well-deserved community clean-up efforts.  Let’s tackle this issue together!

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