Arcata Offers Tips on How to Participate in ‘Plastic Free July’ During COVID-19 Pandemic
This is a press release from the City of Arcata:
The City of Arcata encourages community members to participate in the worldwide initiative known as Plastic Free July. ®
When plastics and their byproducts pollute cities, oceans and waterways, it causes health problems for us all. Most plastic waste in the United States is landfilled, down-cycled, incinerated or exported to other countries, and while recycling plastic helps, it is not a solution for plastic pollution. The best way to decrease plastic pollution is to avoid the use of disposable plastic as often as possible, and Plastic Free July ® encourages households to use less plastic, adopt long-term environmentally friendly habits and make the world a cleaner place.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a dramatic increase in the use of plastic, making it even more important to be mindful about how much plastic we consume, and the Environmental Services Department has some tips for community members on how to reduce the use of disposable plastics.
● Wear a reusable face covering whenever possible.
● Limit the use of plastic gloves. If you must wear gloves, try to source compostable options whenever
● Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying single-use plastic water bottles.
● Avoid single-use plastic packaging by buying in bulk.
● If reusable bags are currently not allowed in your grocery store, you can wash plastic bags provided and
● Ditch the plastic straws. When ordering takeout remember to request your drink without a straw, and bring
your own reusable alternative.
● Say no to plastic wrap. There are many excellent substitutes such as cloth or beeswax paper.
● Encourage family and friends to take part in the Plastic Free July ® challenge.
For more information about Plastic Free July, ® visit plasticfreejuly.org , and for more information on the City of Arcata’s zero waste initiatives visit, cityofarcata.org/275/Zero-Waste or contact the Environmental Services Department at 707-822-8184.