Businesses and corporations have spent decades profiting from and deflecting blame for litter onto the consumers. After decades of Source to Sea Cleanups, national Earth Days, and anti-littering campaigns, it’s time for big corporations to take responsibility for their role in trashing our rivers.
Items that are difficult to recycle or properly dispose of are one of the primary factors contributing to trash in rivers. Even people desperately trying to recycle properly are left with questions. It’s unfair and unrealistic to expect consumers to navigate the maze of plastic #1-7, the differences between single- and dual-stream recycling, and the ever-changing recycling market
So, how can you help?
- Tell businesses and corporations that we expect better — This includes more reusable options, less single-use plastic and foam, and products made with sustainable and climate-friendly materials.
- Money talks — Avoid buying single-use items and instead buy reusable.
- Show and tell — Take pictures and share them as part of CRC’s #RiverWitness campaign on social media.