The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free communities. 

The Freeholder Board supports the plastic-free effort and encourages residents to learn more about how they can reduce plastic waste at home.

This effort is an extension of Union County’s year-long Choose to Reuse campaign where residents are encouraged to Make One Change to reduce their impact on the environment.  Each month during the 50th anniversary of earth day, tips are shared to show how small actions can make big changes. 

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“Together we can make a difference and be part of the solution. It just requires a little thought,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “By sharing tips and creative strategies with family and friends, we can all help reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastics.”

Remember to:

  • Keep reusable grocery bags in your car;
  • Have your reusable coffee cup clean and ready to go in the morning;
  • Skip single-use plastic bottles and invest in a refillable one;
  • Forgo the plastic straw;
  • When ordering takeout for home and work,  refuse plastic ware;
  • Just say no to plastic bags if you can carry the item(s);
  • Pack your lunch with reusable containers;
  • Choose to refuse balloons (and especially releasing them) and other single-use plastic party decorations;
  • Avoid disposables and products with too much packaging.  

Whether at home or work, try one or all of the above to go plastic free for the month of July and see how easily habits form. 

Many residents are already making a big difference by bringing reusable cups to their favorite coffee bar, carrying reusable totes to the supermarket, and refilling a reusable water bottle. Try a new idea for a day, a week or a month. 

 Be creative, be resourceful, and share your story at #MakeOneChangeUC.