I’m doing my part to help keep our rivers clean! Now, I call on manufacturers, businesses, and government to do your part to implement wide-spread change to stop trash before it starts.
Plastic – including bags, bottles, and polystyrene (Styrofoam) – and tires are consistently the most found items during the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source to Sea Cleanup and these items never fully break down. In 2017, Cleanup volunteers collected over 26,000 plastic bottles and over 1,400 trash tires.
I’m sick and tired of trashed rivers! Instead . . .
Manufacturers, businesses, and government need to lead the way on overhauling how we make and use plastic – ban single-use plastic, use better types of plastic, make recycling easy, and keep Styrofoam out of our rivers by using better types of dock floats.
Tire producers must take greater responsibility for the recycling and reuse of the tires they generate. Pushing the disposal cost of tires to consumers is a recipe for illegal dumping.
I’m doing my part. It’s YOUR turn. I make good choices in how I purchase and dispose of products, and I helped remove over 1,000 tons of trash from the Connecticut River during the Source to Sea Cleanup. As your constituent and your customer, I want you to implement wide-spread change to stop trash before it starts. We all have a responsibility to solve this problem. By working together, we can make a real difference for our rivers.