Plastic & Materials Recycling
SJC is launching a Community Education Initiative to help alleviate the confusion about how best to recycle different materials and to mobilize citizens to take action and change our habits around plastic !
Why are plastics harmful?
Plastics are harmful to our health, our environment and they’re changing our ecosystems.
Most of us come into contact with some form of plastic everyday - plastic particles seep into the food we eat, the water we drink, the oceans we swim in, and we can even find microplastics in the air we breathe. We urgently need to work with our government to form a comprehensive plastic action plan. Plastic production has to be reduced, just as alternatives should be encouraged.
According to the Yale School of Environmental Studies:
There is also now abundant research that links BPA and phthalate exposure to such human health concerns as deformities of the male and female genitals; premature puberty in females; decreased sperm quality; and increases in breast and prostate cancers, infertility, miscarriages, obesity, type 2 diabetes, allergies and neurological problems, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Source: The Problem with Plastics – Yale
do you know about microplastics?
Microplastics are a growing environmental concern - they are small, barely visible pieces of plastic that enter and pollute our environment. They are defined as plastic particles less than 0.2 inches (5 mm) in diameter.
According to a recent study, microplastics were found in over 94 percent of U.S. water samples. To combat the growing issue of microplastics, the U.S. passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act in 2015, banning plastic microbeads from cosmetics, personal care products, and non-prescription (also called
“over-the-counter" or "OTC") drugs, such as toothpastes.
How can we fight plastic pollution?
A Good Place To Start Is To Say NO To Single Use Plastic Materials
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Materials Waste Recycling
It all starts with STUFF ! We all seem to accumulate more stuff than we know what to do with and then we are stuck with it. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about your treasured stuff. While we are all encouraged by the marketplace to buy, buy, buy and consumption behavior is driving a lot of the problem with waste streams in our society and across the developed world, a new eco-consciousness is emerging. See the 4R’s Pledge below and join the REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE Club !
Have you heard the saying that ‘There really is NO “AWAY”, like when we say we want to throw something away ? Well the truth is all that really means is that our trash simply goes somewhere else. Did you know that in the US, about 1/3 of our garbage is caused by packaging, another 1/3 - 1/2 food waste. Imagine if everyone could reduce their waste footprint by more than half and what a great impact that would be !
SJC recommends everyone interact with this fabulous interactive online exhibition - ROTTEN TRUTH ABOUT GARBAGE. We ask that you start to think about how to consume less (Source Reduction) and how to shop more conscioucly for greener products / packaging (Recyclable?) and overall generate less garbage (Landfill Diversion). We all must evolve on this spectrum. Try to DO BETTER and if we all begin to row in this direction, we can reverse bad trends and start good future trends . Manufacturers and Packaging Companies respond to consumer demand so its up to us to create demand for THE RIGHT STUFF.
START BY GETTING EDUCATED ! Then take steps to change your own behavior and support others to do the same. Friends, Family, Neighbors, Community, the Town or City You Live In, NJ State, our Country ~