Single-use plastics are goods made primarily from fossil fuel–based chemicals commonly used for packaging and serviceware, such as bottles, wrappers, straws, and bags, that are meant to be disposed of right after use—often, in mere minutes. Springfield Township alone uses approximately 2-3 million single-use plastic bags every year.
Reducing plastic use is the most effective means of avoiding this waste and the detrimental impacts linked to plastic production, use, and disposal. Residents can take action in our day-to-day lives by carrying and using reusable bags and bottles. It is estimated that each reusable bag can take the place of roughly 1,000 disposable bags. By ditching single-use plastic bags, you will be doing your part in lessening the harmful impact of single-use plastics on our community.
Residents can learn more by attending a Springfield Township Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) meeting. The EAC meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7PM in the Free Library.