Topic

plastic reduction

20 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Collinsville City Council

Collinsville, IL City Council Ban plastic bags now!

The quantity of plastic bags we take home is staggering: the average family accumulates 60 bags in only four trips to the grocery store; the average American adult takes home close to 1,500 bags annually. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute.  Eliminating single-use plastic bags will force consumers to bring their own bag, without charging a fee that many of our citizens and others who shop in our community could not afford to pay. Even when disposed of correctly, plastic bags routinely blow out of collection sites, ending up in our neighborhood trees, roadsides, sewers, and streams. Dealing with this stream of single-use plastic is expensive.  Single-use plastic bags are the bane of sewer districts and recycling centers, clogging up drains, equipment, and time. Collinsville has a brand new water treatment plant- do we want to see it broken down all the time? This leads to cities having to pay more for recycling, which gets passed on to every citizen. Some cities are even getting rid of recycling because it is too expensive.  Living Lands and Waters- a local conservation organization- collected 8,798 plastic bags in 2017 from the Mississippi River Watershed, which encompasses 1/3 of the United States.  As a major shopping area for smaller towns and unincorporated parts of St. Clair County, getting rid of the bags here will have a major impact on the entire Metro-East region!

Plastic Free Tri-Cities
374 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to McDonald's, Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mother Nature, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Exchange Disposable Plastic Utensils into Reusable Silverware in McDonald’s Philippines.

EXHALING THE CHANGE  According to PlasticOceans.org, 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic are being dumped yearly. The UN estimates that every year, a third of all food produced is either discarded, by consumers or retailers, or spoiled due to poor handling. The disposable plastic utensils that are being used by the fast food chain, McDonald’s, are easily thrown afterwards without hesitation. These composition of this plastic normally takes 1000 years to decompose in landfills, which results to the interminable pollution in the environment.In our case, students from our school, Colegio San Agustin-Biñan is exposed to the McDonald’s branch located nearby in Southwoods, Biñan, Laguna. This stimulated more students to engage in using disposable plastics from our school. Thus, this became an alarming factor in our community because this accumulated more disposable plastic waste in the environment. WHY WE WANT TO MAKE A CHANGE?The McDonald’s fast food company have a goal in eliminating waste, although the resources being used are not maximized which results to not completely eliminating the waste.This further indicates that supplying paper bags, paper cups, and paper plate containers as alternatives for plastics, isn’t all-inclusive enough to eliminate the usage of single-use plastics.Our team would like to make a petition to promote the utilization of reusable silverware in McDonald’s to restrain from the usage of disposable plastic utensils. In this way, we can contribute in minimizing the non-biodegradable wastes that pollutes the environment.WHY IT MATTERS?Everyday, thousands of customers go to different McDonald’s branches. This signifies that thousands of disposable plastic utensils are also thrown away after being used by its customers. Up to this date, McDonald’s is way behind from the unceasing usage of disposable plastic utensils compared to leading fast food chains; Jollibee, KFC, Chowking, and Mang Inasal which implements the usage of reusable silverware in their respective branches. This becomes a huge obstacle in creating a sustainable environment with the state of McDonald’s usage of disposable plastic utensils.We need to act immediately to resolve this problem. Our team believes that this petition could create a mark in having clean, developed, non-biodegradable environment. By reducing the use of disposable plastic utensils, we may be able to lessen the use and production of plastic waste which aren’t easily recycled in the environment.HOW CAN THE CHANGE BE DONE?Disposable plastic utensils must be prohibited inside the fast food chain. These should be shifted into reusable silverware as an ecological alternative. Posters/signages showing relevant information about: 'How one can help the environment by switching to reusable silverware', must be produced and publicized among all McDonald’s branches. This aims to advocate awareness and promote compliance.Through refraining from the usage of disposable plastic utensils, we can be able to foster the conservation our environment. This petition will not only help us in our project, but also to help maintain the place we all live in. —————————————————————————————Thank you for taking the time to read our petition, it’ll really mean a lot if you support us by signing up! Exhale the change to inhale a better future.Sources: https://plasticoceans.org/  

Eli Galez
189 supporters