The San Juan County Council, in today’s regular council meeting, approved a proclamation designating “Plastic Free July” in San Juan County. The proclamation recognizes the pressing issues around plastic waste, including the fact that plastics are the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our oceans, as well as being found daily on San Juan County’s shores, with devastating effects on marine life and human health.
Plastic Free July is a global movement helping millions of people be part of the solution by providing resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste in your daily life. San Juan County encourages staff, residents and visitors to reduce plastic consumption by choosing reusable alternatives to single-use plastics, making purchases meaningful by seeking products packaged with biodegradable materials, sourcing food and products locally where possible and learning about what resources exist in San Juan County for recycling and individual waste reduction.
The Council extended recognition and support to the Environmental Resource Division’s ongoing work as well as the mission of Plastic Free Salish Sea, a community campaign spearheaded by the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee.
The Council also elevated Environmental Resources to a County Department. The team will be sharing information and ways to get involved in Plastic Free July all month and invite you to join the conversation on SJC’s new Facebook page, found at Facebook.com/SanJuanCountyWA.