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Right now, more than 400 million tons of plastic are manufactured every year, and over 300 million tons of plastic waste created. Plastic production, use and disposal in the United States contributed 232 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 – equivalent to 116 coal-fired plants. 

Plastic is detrimental to our climate, communities, and the environment at nearly every step of its lifecycle: from the extraction of the fossil fuel building blocks to chemical processing, to manufacturing, disposal, and even during recycling. Not only does plastic pollute our air and water, but it also disproportionately harms Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and low-income families living in frontline communities near petrochemical facilities, landfills, incinerators, and other waste management facilities. 

York Ready for Climate Action

The purpose of Plastic Free July is to raise awareness of the urgency of our plastic pollution crisis and offer suggestions for reducing plastic waste at home, work and in the community by refusing, reusing and refilling. Together we can be part of the solution to plastic pollution. 

Here are a few actions you can take to reduce plastic waste.

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