Single Use Plastics

Michigan Student Caucus Proposal Template for  Summers-Knoll Students 2019 Part 1: BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS due Oct 22 Context


  1. What is a current bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal? Use the legislative database found here: 4064

  2. How would this bill make a difference in the lives of students across Michigan? This bill will affect people all over Michigan, but especially people in Flint who are dealing with the flint water crisis. 

  3. How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal? I don't remember when I first heard about the climate crisis and the oceans being polluted with plastic and other trash, but I have known for a long time. 

  4. Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue: 


Research process


  1. To whom did you talk about this issue to learn more? I have talked to many people about climate change and plastic in the ocean, but I didn’t talk to anyone specifically for this project.  

  2. What did you initially think about your topic and how did your thinking change over time? I was initially thinking of doing some kind of visual presentation but I didn't know how to do it or what to do. 

  3. What was the most significant article/video/report/website that you used and how did it impact your research? 

  Part 2: FORMAL PROPOSAL due Oct 29 The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform. Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS.... There are currently over 8 million tons of  plastic dumped into the ocean plastic per year.

WHEREAS.... Fish are eating the plastic in the ocean because they think it is food 

WHEREAS....  Fish are getting stuck in the plastic at a young age and then are getting deformed because they are growing around the plastic. 

WHEREAS.... Only 10-13% of plastic worldwide  is recycled 

WHEREAS.... There is no tax or additional price for/on single use plastic items.

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).


  1. Companies who give out plastic or paper bags will charge a tax on the bags. (Maybe a 15-60 cent tax)

  2. Plastic Straws should be required to be compostable. (ie: decompose within a year or less.)

  3. Restaurants should charge an additional fee for styrofoam/plastic takeout containers. 


(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

  1. Low income families may not be able to afford a reusable bag to avoid the fee of plastic bags.  

  2. If the restaurants are charging a tax, they might over charge us. 

  3. This bill would take time to produce and we have more important things to do right now.

Costs and funding:
  1. What are some costs associated with your proposal? The cost of making all single use plastics compostable.

  2. How will you pay for your proposed bill? From what sources could the funding come? From the bag tax.

  3. Who (people or groups) might object to funding your proposal? Companies who make plastic/paper bags



List all websites, articles, reports, videos, or other resources you used to research for this project. You do not have to include formal citations. **Eighth graders only: After each source, write 1-2 sentences about why you chose this source and why you trusted it. 


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