From the time you woke up this morning until the time you go to bed tonight, our country will throw away enough plastic to fill the Dallas Cowboys stadium — the country’s largest football stadium — to the brim. To make matters worse, most of that plastic probably won’t get recycled. Globally, only 9% of plastics are currently being recycled. In fact, 50% of all plastic produced is intended to be used once and then thrown away. And since most plastic takes hundreds of years to fully degrade, almost every bit of that plastic will still be out there piling up in landfills, littering our streets, and polluting our environment for generations to come.
Together we can tackle our plastic waste crisis. The first step is to get more states to ban the single-use plastics we can all live without and we can call on lawmakers to implement policies that will hold plastic producers financially responsible for their waste. And we can get major companies to get rid of the single-use plastics throughout their operations.
Executive Director, CoPIRG Foundation
Managing Director, Frontier Group; Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network