Because food waste is 25% of what is sent to Delaware's landfills daily, Plastic Free Delaware (aka Zero Waste First State) launched the Delaware Community Composting Initiative to provide educational programs, outreach and technical assistance to potential project sites to establish community composting projects and to encourage curbside composting. Learn more!
The plastic bag legislation passed in 2021 went into effect on July 1st and has already had an enormous positive impact: “Our sanitation crews are thrilled! They are seeing much less recycling contamination and they have noticed a big difference in the litter control. The plastic bag legislation has been themost impactful thing everin the City as far as trash goes. I am a huge fan of what Plastic Free Delaware is achieving. Keep up the good work!" Kelly Williams, City of Wilmington, Director of Public Works
Passed in 2021, Senate Bill 24 also went into effect this year on July 1st and banned the release of balloons, but even prior to that was shown to be having an effect through the increased public awareness and education surrounding consideration of the legislation. Data from beach cleanups by the Delaware Chapter of Surfrider Foundation indicates 1,088 balloons were collected during 56 beach cleanups in 2021, but as of October 2022 only 392 balloons had been found in 70 beach cleanups so far this year
Senate Bill134, introduced by Senator Trey Paradee and Representative Paul Baumbach, aimed to ban the use of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) and plastic picks, and allow plastic straws by request only in dining establishments sailed through the state Senate before being held up by special interests
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival for Schools program was launched and brings inspiring independent films with environmental themes to all school grade levels free of charge. Check it out and inquire about bringing it to your affiliated schools!
The third annual Delaware Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) was attended by more than 360 high school students from eighteen high schools from across Delaware. We were thrilled to be gathered back in person again after a year as a virtual summit. The DelawareYouth Environmental Summit (YES!) is aimed at engaging, inspiring and encouraging Delaware’s high school students to become active in making a difference regarding environmental issues. Planning is now well underway for the fourth annual summit to be held March 2, 2023
PFD was excited to partner with Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to launch the “Hold On To Your Butt” campaign aimed at reducing cigarette butt littering on Delaware’s beaches
2022 Monthly Lunch & Learn webinars were well attended and ranged in topics from Sustainable Fashion, Single-Use Plastic and its Role in Climate Change, Curbside Composting, the Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program, exploring Truth in Labeling issues, Delaware's oyster shell recycling programs, and more. All of our online programs can be watched on the PFD YouTube channel
More than 3,100 Delaware residents were directly touched or participated in one of PFD's educational programs in 2022, from online webinars, to school programs, community festivals, and more
And last but certainly not least, just this month, conversations and outreach by PFD advocates with Delaware's U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Co-Chair of the Senate's Environment & Public Works Committee, helped lead to the first ever Congressional hearing on plastic pollution reduction laying the groundwork for federal level legislation to reduce single use plastic pollution.
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