· Plastic Free Delaware became an independent 501(c)(3) organization, maturing from its fiscal sponsorship under the Delaware Community Foundation
· Monthly Lunch & Learn webinars were well attended and ranged in topics from Pay As You Throw, Community Composting, Curbside Composting, Tool Libraries, Microplastic Pollution in Delaware’s Marine Environment, and Zero Waste 101. PFD launched a YouTube channel in 2021 in order to capture the new Covid-19 virtual paradigm and provide recordings of these educational sessions in perpetuity
· Green Drinks virtual gatherings also attracted a similar monthly audience on a variety of environmental topics and recordings are available on YouTube
· Following passage of House Bill 130 in 2019, which made Delaware the fourth state in the U.S. to ban single use plastic bags, PFD was the lead advocate again in 2021 on House Bill 212 which further strengthened the plastic bag law and expanded it to all Delaware retailers (goes into effect 7/1/22). Special thanks to Representatives Valerie Longhurst, Gerald Brady, and Eric Morrison, and Senators Kyle Evans and Trey Paradee
· PFD led advocacy efforts to secure passage of Senate Bill 24 which bans the release of balloons. Special thanks to Senator Stephanie Hansen who patiently ushered the bill through the challenging times of Covid-19
· SB134 and SB140 were introduced in by Senator Trey Paradee and serve to lay the groundwork for legislation addressing expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) pollution
· HB22 was introduced by Rep. Ruth Briggs King to address the Right to Repair and electronic waste. Senate Concurrent Resolution was passed unanimously toward the end of session in June 2021 in recognition of the electronic waste issue and encouraging DNREC to enhance education around that issue
· In 2020, recognizing the power of Youth in advocacy initiatives, PFD launched the Delaware Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) to engage, inspire and encourage Delaware’s high school students to become active in making a difference regarding environmental issues. With Covid-19, YES! 2021 became a virtual summit. Both 2020 and 2021 were attended by more than 270 high school students from Delaware, representing 17 schools in 2020 and 35 schools in 2021.
All of the achievements of Plastic Free Delaware are only possible with generous support of individuals, corporations, agencies and foundations. We are grateful for gifts of all shapes and sizes which will enable PFD to be even more successful in 2022!