UPDATE: This event was a huge success, with over 120 volunteers turning out to remove ~1000 lbs of trash from our rivers, streets, and beaches! Read more about it here.
We’ve all seen firsthand the impacts of plastic on our communities and wildlife in our state: that plastic flosser on the ground, the little bits of broken up polystyrene foam on the beach, or discarded wrappers floating in the wind. Plastic production continues to increase, yet our landfills are overflowing, and our recycling systems are inadequate, made apparent by low and declining recycling rates. Our individual efforts to reduce our own plastic use is almost impossible because so much packaging is made of plastic materials that are not recyclable, compostable, or reusable.
It can be hard to know where to begin, but we all want to make a difference.
One step you can take is to join our Washington-wide Make a Difference Day Cleanup.
Click a location on the map below to find a cleanup near you, connect with like-minded people in your community, and learn ways you can help us stop pollution at its source!
On Saturday, October 22, communities across the state of Washington will come together at locally organized clean-ups to make a dent in our growing waste problem, and learn about ways that folks can take action to improve our recycling systems in Washington and move towards a plastic-free future!
You can find resources to support your event in our Community Cleanup Recruitment Toolkit.
Participate in our Plastic Free Photo Petition by taking a picture of yourself with one of our signs and tagging us at #PlasticFreeWA!
We will have cleanups on Satuday, October 22 in the following locations: