for school, home, & community
and towards an
equitable zero waste future!
NYC ACTION ALERT
Let's pass the
THE WORLD IS AWASH IN PLASTIC POLLUTION
Plastic Free Lunch Day every day!
to reusables and refillable systems?
Use our new
U.S. PLASTIC-FREE POLICY ACTION!
Sign the petition to
Reduce PLASTIC Waste
in National Parks Act
70,000 citizens already petitioned The Department of Interior
to end the sale & distribution of single-use plastics in National Parks.
add your name ->
On World Oceans Day (june 8, 2022), Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued Secretarial Order 3407 to phase out single-use plastics across the entire Department of the Interior (DOI) over a 10-year period. This will phase out the procurement, sale, and distribution of single-use plastic products and packaging across the U.S. Department of the Interior lands and offices by 2032, which includes the National Park Service.
While this is an important step forward, the Department can and must do more to accelerate the reduction of harmful plastics pollutants.
From our friends at Oceana.org and Break Free From Plastic
Specific actions that can accelerate this urgently needed change, include:
Urge the department to prioritize eliminating the procurement, sale, and distribution of single-use plastics in all 423 national parks and leverage government purchasing power to shift suppliers and manufacturers toward viable alternatives.
After a 2011 Obama administration policy went into effect, 23 national parks banned the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, eliminating between 1.3 and 2 million disposable plastic water bottles and saving up to 111,743 pounds of plastic and 141 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.[v] Although this policy was unfortunately reversed in 2017 by the Trump administration, this order puts the department on track for even more significant reductions.
Call/write your U.S. Representative and Senators
Join our friends at 5Gyres.org to Collect Data on Plastic Pollution in National Parks!
5gyres.org is mobilizing volunteers to document plastic pollution at U.S. National Parks using their research platform, TrashBlitz. Data will contribute to a report (to be published Fall 2022) that unveils the materials, items, and brands of waste found in national parks. These results can be used to support and inform legislation to keep harmful single-use plastic out of our protected spaces. more ->
Students, lead a teach-in on the
Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act:
A huge THANK YOU to all our
US Congressional Reps
this groundbreaking bill!
Ask your US Representatives to support the BREAK FREE FROM PLASTIC POLLUTION ACT
- Shift responsibility for waste management & recycling to manufacturers and producers
- Set up a US beverage container refund program
- Establish minimum recycled content standards
- Phase out single-use plastic products that aren’t recyclable
- Prohibit plastic waste from being exported to developing countries
**from our friends at BeyondPlastics.org
1- Tell Food Delivery Apps to Please Hold The Plastic
Please let SEAMLESS, DOORDASH, GRUBHUB, DELIVERY.COM, CAVIAR, AND POSTMATE know that most of the single-use items that come along with our to-go orders are not recyclable. These items add to our plastic pollution crisis!
It is time for these companies to re-design their apps with a "NO single-use" as the default setting for all orders. Uber Eats has already done it.Orders should only have single-use items, such as plastic cutlery, straws and condiment packets if customers ask for it!
Citywide Curbside Organic Collection bill
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as leaders in their schools & communities
to stop plastic pollution, reduce food and food packaging waste,
provide composting for all communities,
and to ensure quality climate education for K-12 students.
YOU CAN HELP!!
NEW YORK ACTION
NY State residents, your action is needed to reduce plastic packaging and plastic pollution.
It's time to shift the financial burden of managing packaging waste from taxpayers to the producers. NY Assemblymember Englebright's and NY State Senator May's Extended Producer Responsibility and Bigger Better Bottle bills reduce packaging, reduce toxics, prohibit plastic burning from counting as recycling, and do not hand over the decision-making power to the very polluters that created the problem in the first place.
Let's get the NY Extended Producer Responsibility Bill (Assembly bill A10185 - Senate Bill S9493) and Bigger Better Bottle Bill (Assembly bill A10184 - Senate S9164) passed! Here's how you can help:
Ask your NYS Senator and Assembly Member
to co-sponsor the
tobacco product waste reduction act
NY Senate Bill S1278
stop the sale of polluting cigarettes with single-use filters
and single-use electronic cigarettes
Passing this bill will reduce toxic plastic pollution
with a 5-cent fee on paper bags (in NYC) is in effect
Let's make sure it's enforced!
If you see NY stores handing out #singleuseplastic bags at checkout,
post on social media and tag @NYSDEC.
Learn more and be inspired to advocate
for a plastic bag ban where you live!
82% of NYC’s waste is incinerated or exported to landfills
and much of our waste is coming from our kitchens! TAKE ACTION
Listen to youth!