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Plastic Pollution and the EPR Legislator Network



NCEL Point of Contact

Gabrielle Houston
Project Manager for Zero Waste and Circular Economy



Plastic pollution is a global crisis causing extensive public health and ecological adversities. Given the fossil fuel origins of plastic materials, the extraction and refining processes for those petrochemicals create hazardous air and water conditions, particularly for community members who reside in proximity to these sites. 


NCEL has assisted legislators across the country in addressing plastic pollution through upstream and downstream solutions. In 2020, NCEL launched an Extended Producer Responsibility network with legislators from nine states who will collaborate to push extended producer responsibility policies for plastic packaging. 


As of 2022:

  • Five states have banned polystyrene.
  • Nine states have banned plastic bags.
  • Two states have passed extended producer responsibility for packaging.


NCEL Resources


Why States Are Addressing Plastic Pollution

February 5, 2021


Plastic Pollution in the US and Extended Producer Responsibility

June 15, 2021

Online Resources

States to Hold Plastic Packaging Producers Responsible

Legislators announce the EPR Legislator Network

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