While plastic is important for a number of products, like medical devices, plastic producers have increasingly flooded our markets with unnecessary, wasteful products that cannot be recycled — largely because creating new plastics is cheaper than using recycled products.
The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act would address this, and other key parts of plastic pollution, by:
In 2021, the Environmental Issues Committee learned about plastics’ health and environmental impact, strategies for dealing with plastic disposal, and environmentally safe alternatives to plastic. We have developed a plastic brochure you can access below to learn more about the topic. The brochure is designed to show the magnitude of today’s problem and to encourage everyone to become involved in finding solutions.
Journalist Erica Cirino brings readers on a globe-hopping journey to meet the scientists and activists telling the real story of the plastic crisis.
As programs shutter and plastic use rises in the pandemic, a New York bill to get manufacturers to pick up the recycling tab could offer a solution.
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Our plastic collection project is done in conjunction with Trex, a composite decking company. Trex sponsors a plastic collection challenge in which a group or organization that collects five hundred pounds of plastic film receives a free “polylumber” bench from Trex in appreciation for the community’s recycling efforts. Our goal is to collect five hundred pounds of plastic film within a six-month time frame in order to receive the bench. The bench costs nothing more than the effort associated with coordinating people in donating plastic film that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The types of plastic you can recycle in the bins include: bubble wrap, grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, ice bags, Ziploc/resealable bags, and cereal bags. See the Plastic Collection Poster and plastic lists for more information.
We have bins in the S&T Arena, the Borough Building on N. 8th St. (in the foyer, always open), and outside the entrance of the YMCA. Please support this project by bringing your plastic to one of our bins. No bottles or hard plastic please. Thanks to all who support this recycling project. Any questions can be directed to: email@example.com
In addition, LWVIC has partnered with No Plastic Please Pittsburgh, an organization that empowers individuals and communities to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic including plastic cutlery, take-out containers, bottles, cups bags, stirrers, straws and all Styrofoam.
There was also a lot of interest in learning more about microplastics, so here’s some reading Dr. Mason recommended:
Bench at the new Indiana County Conservation District Office donated by LWVIC in conjunction with the Trex – Bags to Benches Project
Third bench donated by LWVIC in conjunction with the Trex – Bags to Benches Project to the Indiana County Community Action Program.
Second bench donated by LWVIC in conjunction with the Trex – Bags to Benches Project to the Indiana County Community Garden.
Fourth bench donated by LWVIC to the S&T Bank Arena