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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

How You Can Take Action

Why A Circular Economy Model Matters

For several decades, our region has looked to recycling as a landfill diversion solution – but it’s not enough. Even though recycling is a step up from a “take-make-dispose” linear economy approach, it still allows manufacturers to avoid responsibility for the end result of their products and packaging.

A Circular Economy model that designs out single-use products and replaces them with closed-loop systems is the best way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and move toward a more sustainable future. A system that requires producers to take responsibility will save energy, design waste out of the system, and create a market for re-use.

What CEC Is Doing

  • Helping reduce plastic bottle use by providing bottle filling hydration stations at schools and educating students and staff on how to Rethink the Drink. Learn more.
  • Tracking AB1276 in the California Legislature and the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act at the federal level that will hold producers accountable for waste and incentivize them to create a market for re-use.

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