Rep. Crawley Introduces Legislation To Bring Awareness To Single-use Plastic Pollution
Encourages waste reduction and environmental sustainability
February 07, 2020
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COLUMBUS— State Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) introduced a bill and resolution this week to make February 15 “Plastic Pollution Awareness Day” in Ohio. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness throughout the state on the effects of plastic pollution on our environment and encourage the use of reusable containers rather than single-use plastics.

“Bringing awareness to plastic pollution is important because as we dispose of plastic cups, containers, forks, straws, etc. they clog landfills, litter parks, and wash into rivers and oceans—bringing potential harm to wildlife,” said Rep. Crawley. “Single-use plastics can stay in the environment for centuries due to their durability and resistance to degradation.” 

The United States recycles just nine percent of its plastic trash, and nearly 75 percent of plastic generated in the U.S. ends up in a landfill. Some 22 million pounds of plastic debris enter the Great Lakes each year.

Crawley says the legislation was brought to her by a high school student who is passionate about the environment.

The proposal awaits a bill number and referral to a House committee, where it will be eligible for public hearings.

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