End Plastic Pollution is the theme for this year’s Earth Day, a worldwide celebration held annually on April 22. The goal is to end our current global plastic pollution situation by Earth Day 2020. This objective can only be met when every human on the planet reduces and/or eliminates plastic use. According to Earthday.org, “about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world and unfortunately, only about 10 percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused.” Since the invention of plastic in 1907, the dependence on plastic has grown.
Why not do your part to reduce your plastic footprint this Earth Day? An easy way to get started is by replacing your use of plastic water bottles with a reusable water bottle. Burlington County also offers a guide to recycling in Burlington County for anyone looking for more tips. Get access to recycling information conveniently with the Recycle Coach app. Get local recycling information and a schedule on your smart phone! By learning more about what can be recycled and how to recycle items such as batteries, electronics, used motor oil, and more, it’s easy to make the changes needed to improve the environment.
Your library card provides free access to Going Green: Your Healthy Planet, a database containing resources on endangered species, climate change, alternative energies and more. Even more resources are available at the library to educate yourself and make a commitment this Earth Day to end plastic pollution. Learn how making small changes to your daily life can limit your carbon/plastic footprint and take steps to a sustainable future with books found in our catalog. Even the littlest family members can learn about Earth Day!