The Problems with Plastic and Recycling

...and what we can do!

This video is the first presentation in a four part series of student-centered workshops about plastic, climate, and waste issues and how students can take action to support plastic reduction policies like extended producer responsibility for waste and recycling.

Throughout the series, students will learn more about the issue and get training on tried and true civic engagement tactics, from letter writing to planning and holding lobby meetings with their elected leaders.  Students interested in joining can RSVP here.

Members of the Plastic Free WA/WA Sin Plastico Coalition present to students about challenges we face with plastic waste and our recycling systems, and how we can address these in Washington.

In this presentation, Heather Trim, Executive Director of Zero Waste Washington, shared more background about the problem of plastic, the state of recycling in WA, and how we’re approaching solutions in Washington. She is one of the leading experts on zero waste policy in the state and we could not ask for a more dynamic and knowledgeable person to present on these topics.

To take action, Washington students should sign onto the student sign-on letter in support of extended producer responsibility for packaging & paper products, and share it with friends!


Pam Clough

Advocate, Environment Washington

As an advocate with Environment Washington, Pam develops and runs campaigns to protect Washington's air, water, and special places. She has worked on issues ranging from clean energy climate solutions, preventing plastic pollution, defending clean water, and protecting our special natural spaces. Pam lives in Steilacoom, Washington, where she enjoys kayaking on the Puget Sound, gardening and hiking in the surrounding mountains.

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