"Every year, the average American goes through more than 250 pounds of plastic waste, and much of that comes from packaging. So what do we do with it all?
Your recycling bin is part of the solution, but many of us are confused about what we should be putting in there. What’s recyclable in one community could be trash in another."
"The #breakfreefromplastic Movement is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in 2016, more than 8,000 organizations and individual supporters from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis."
Source: Break Free From Plastic
"Around the world, the plastics industry is engaged in purposeful, collaborative work to help end ocean pollution. Members of the Global Plastics Alliance believe in integrated approaches for managing plastics resources that allow us to enjoy their benefits, without trashing our oceans."
Source: Marine Litter Solutions
"The Trash Free Waters program distributes ‘The Flow’ electronically to our many project partners and other interested stakeholders. ‘The Flow’ highlights important work that is happening at the local, state, national, and international levels related to trash reduction and prevention."
"Marine debris is a constant and challenging threat to communities all over the world. It can travel on currents across the ocean, reach remote shorelines where very few people live, and cause major problems for both people and wildlife. No matter where you live, it's important for us all to understand the problem. Marine debris is created by people, which means we can also be the solution."
Source: NOAA Marine Debris Program
"OceanPlastic List is the global online community for sharing knowledge on the research, management, and prevention of ocean plastic and other marine debris. The community includes scientists, resource managers, policymakers, conservationists, industry representatives, and others."
"The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization developing and scaling technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. To achieve this objective, we have to work on a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean and doesn’t go away by itself."
Source: The Ocean Cleanup
Community Science Projects
"#TeamSeas will be one of the biggest, baddest, most-impactful cleanup projects of all time—and here’s how we’re doing it. See our cutting-edge river Interceptors, info on locally-organized cleanups, ghost-gear removal efforts and professional expeditions to areas where we can have the greatest conservation impact! "
"Break Free From Plastic is taking litter cleanups a step further by documenting the brands found on plastic waste collected at a cleanup. This helps us identify the companies responsible for plastic pollution. To truly solve the plastic problem, we are calling on these companies to stop producing so much unnecessary single-use plastic in the first place."
"Through this initiative, thousands of community volunteers are collecting data along the upper, middle and lower Mississippi River to increase our understanding of the state of plastic pollution. This data is being generated through a ‘citizen science’ approach using a free mobile app for tracking upstream and coastal litter called the Debris Tracker. "
Source: UN Environment Programme
"TrashBlitz makes it easy to collect data on trash and contribute to a robust dataset that can be used to further campaigns, strengthen legislation, and foster environmental stewardship. Use the research platform to tag trash and upload a photo during cleanups, and it automatically geotags the location and tallies the number of items, materials, and brands found."