2021 is the year for Colorado to act on single-use plastic pollution
Nothing we use once, should pollute our community and our planet for centuries. The Colorado Legislature needs to act and pass the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act this year.
We can’t wait to tackle our plastic pollution problem.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Coloradans went through an estimated 4.6 million single-use plastic bags and 1.2 million polystyrene cups per day. 1
Plastic bags and polystyrene cups and to-go containers are some of the worst forms of single-use plastic.
A plastic bag is used for an average of 12 minutes and 50 percent of the bags we used in previous years ended up in landfills. Just walk around our neighborhoods, creeks, and parks and you can see a whole lot more are polluting our communities and open spaces.
One component in polystyrene foam, which most of us call Styrofoam, is styrene and it was labeled a probable carcinogenic by the World Health Organization in 2018. This is particularly concerning because many people eat hot food off these containers or heat food up in them, creating opportunities for harmful toxins to leach into the food.
Plastics are made from fossil fuels and are difficult to recycle. Many of these single-use plastics break apart easily, but it takes hundreds of years to fully degrade, polluting our planet for hundreds of years to come.
It’s time to eliminate the worst of the worst plastic pollution from our communities and our state.
Executive Director, CoPIRG
Danny has been the director of CoPIRG for over a decade. Danny co-authored a groundbreaking report on the state’s transit, walking and biking needs and is a co-author of the annual “State of Recycling” report. He also helped write a 2016 Denver initiative to create a public matching campaign finance program and led the early effort to eliminate predatory payday loans in Colorado. Danny serves on the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) Efficiency and Accountability Committee, CDOT's Transit and Rail Advisory Committee, RTD's Reimagine Advisory Committee, the Denver Moves Everyone Think Tank, and the I-70 Collaborative Effort. Danny lobbies federal, state and local elected officials on transportation electrification, multimodal transportation, zero waste, consumer protection and public health issues. He appears frequently in local media outlets and is active in a number of coalitions. He resides in Denver with his family, where he enjoys biking and skiing, the neighborhood food scene and raising chickens.