Beyond plastic

Protect our rivers and streams from plastic pollution

Olivia Perfetti taking a water sample at Hell's Run, Pennsylvania
Olivia Perfetti | Used by permission
Olivia Perfetti taking a water sample at Hell's Run

Every day, people throw away tons of plastic “stuff” — cups, plates, bags, containers and more. This “stuff” adds up: Each year, Pennsylvanians use more than 4.7 billion plastic bags — less than 2% of which are ever recycled.

That’s why we’re calling on our local leaders to pass ordinances banning single-use plastic bags here in Pennsylvania.

Dear Decision-maker,

I’m writing to ask you to pass a ban on single-use plastic bags. This critical conservation measure will reduce litter and single-use plastic pollution in our community by banning plastic bags and placing a fee on other bags given out at retail locations. Where implemented in cities like Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, bag bans have proved highly effective.

Help us tackle litter and address harmful single-use plastic pollution by passing a plastic bag ban today.