Did you know plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade? Mass production of plastics, which began just six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons. Of that, only 9% has been recycled. If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment. That amount is 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.
New Yorkers are working to put in place accountability through NYC Skip the Straw Bill, the NY State Bag Ban, and, for the first time, a federal bill The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act which addresses the root causes of plastic pollution by holding producers responsible and reducing the amount of plastic we make, use once, and toss. Join the conversation with Judith Enck, Beyond Plastics President and moderator Hildur Pastidur as we discuss ways to end plastic pollution in New York and beyond.