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Introduced in 2020 by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act is the gold standard of federal legislation to make meaningful reductions in the amount of plastic pollution the U.S.

You may be wondering what makes this bill so special? Most importantly, it will shift the burden of plastic cleanup to where it belongs: on the corporations that produce this waste.

Here’s the nitty-gritty on how it will reduce plastic pollution and reform our broken waste and recycling system:

  • Require big corporations take responsibility for their pollution, requiring producers of plastic products to design, manage, and finance waste and recycling programs.
  • Spur innovation, incentivizing big corporations to make reusable products and items that can actually be recycled. 
  • Create a nationwide beverage container refund program, which is successful at the state level. 
  • Reduce and ban certain single-use plastic products that are not recyclable. 
  • Establish minimum recycled content requirements for beverage containers, packaging, and food-service products. 
  • Spur massive investments in U.S. domestic recycling and composting infrastructure, while pressing pause on new plastic facilities until critical environment and health protections are put in place. 


You can help this promising new legislation gain momentum by urging your members of Congress to co-sponsor it.

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The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act


Recording: Watch the recording of our June 2020 Zoom webinar with Representative Lowenthal about the new Act.

Powerpoint: View the presentation prepared by Representative Lowenthal and Senator Udall’s staff experts.

Press Packet: View the press packet on the bill, filled with useful information.

Bill Text: Read the text of the two versions of the bill: HR 5845, S3263.

Treatment of Covered Products. Read more about how the bill would treat different products.

Judith Enck holding a copy of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act on the bill's launch, February 11, 2020
Our President, Judith Enck holding a signed copy of the BFFPPA at the bill’s launch in the Capitol on February 11, 2020 with a host of other Break Free From Plastic coalition members and movement leaders.