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Zero Waste

PROGRAM

GOALS
  • Inspire our community to learn more about the health and environmental impacts of unsustainable practices such as using plastic for items that can be made from more earth-friendly materials such glass, metal, wood and natural fibers

  • Provide practical solutions for reducing waste to our residents, schools, and businesses

  • Facilitate proper recycling when no other option is available to reuse items

  • Educate families on the health and environmental effects from chemically-derived materials in packaging, furniture, clothing, toys, etc. and suggest ways to minimize such harms

  • Share resources so we all can become better stewards of local natural resources

  • Advocate for local and state policies and legislation that help us meet our goal of moving toward zero waste living

FACTS
  • About two thirds of all the plastic ever produced has been released into the environment and remains there as: ocean debris, micro- or nanoparticles in air and agricultural soils, microfibers in water supplies, or microparticles in human bodies

  • There are affordable, reasonable changes we can make as individuals, families, and as a community that will improve our environment and reduce our health risks from the chemicals we are exposed to from plastic

  • The majority of plastic waste (and essentially all single-use plastic) cannot be recycled, despite the “chasing arrows” imprint on the bottom

  • In 2020, California became the first US state to enact a recycled content requirement for plastic beverage container! The first benchmark is to reach 15% recycled content by 2022, on the way to a 50% requirement by 2030

PROJECTS & RESOURCES

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Plastic Free July

Go plastic-free this month!

 

Join Us during the month of July and beyond to eliminate single-use plastics from your life and your community.

Plastic Bottles
The Story of Plastic

A Story of Injustice.

 

Plastic pollution is truly an environmental injustice impacting all of us—some more than others...

Net Bag and Glass Jars
A Zero Waste Story

How are WE ever going to DO THIS?

by Anne Marie Bonneau

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Join the Zero Waste team!

If you are passionate about eliminating single use plastics, reducing packaging or reducing waste in the community please join us!

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Ocean Plastics:

What Goes Around Comes Around;

Now In A Better Way