No Single-Use Plastic in Our National Parks!
Our national parks are places of unparalleled scenic beauty and wildlife for all of us to enjoy… these national treasures are being threatened by a growing plastic trash problem.
- U.S. national parks average 330 million visitors and nearly 70 million pounds of waste each year.
- The 2nd biggest source of this trash is plastic.
- Half of the weight of the trash from Yellowstone National Parks comes from single-use plastic water bottles alone.
- 82% of park visitors surveyed said they’d support banning plastic in the parks.
There’s no need for single-use plastic to be sold and distributed in national parks when sustainable alternatives exist.
The Reducing Waste in National Parks Act is now being considered in congress – if approved, it would ban single-use plastics (water bottles, utensils, straws, and packaging) from national parks. This one simple policy would keep millions of pounds of plastic out of our national parks – it’s a huge opportunity to protect our parks.
Sign the petition to tell the sponsors of the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act you support the bill and ask them to do all they can to pass it!
Dear Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Mike Quigley,
Our national parks are places of unparalleled scenic beauty and wildlife for all of us to enjoy. These national treasures are being threatened by plastic trash.
Single-use plastic pollution in our national parks is a big and growing problem that threatens the experience for humans and endangers wildlife in parks. 330 million people visit our national parks every year, leaving behind 70 million pounds of trash polluting our parks – single-use plastic is a major source of this waste.
I believe that your Reducing Waste in National Parks Act will substantially reduce plastic pollution and protect our cherished parks, their natural beauty, and the wildlife that lives within them. Plastic simply doesn’t belong in these special places… please do all you can to get the bill approved!