The Dutchess County Single-use Plastic Pollution Prevention Campaign (Dutchess S.U.P.P.P.) aims to educate and empower local residents, businesses and communities to take action on single-use plastics pollution issues through a train-the-trainer educational program for Conservation Advisory Committees (CACs), and a focus group for local businesses that identify as food service providers. The campaign is a partnership with the Dutchess County Division of Solid Waste Management (DCSWM), and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC). Single-use plastics are disposable and intended to be used only once, before being thrown away or recycled. They include plastic straws, plastic wrap, plastic cups, Styrofoam®, plastic bags, plastic cutlery/utensils, and some plastic takeout containers.
The focus group for local businesses will be held on a virtual meeting platform using Zoom, and is slated to take place in mid-August. The focus group will address SUP usage by food service establishments (restaurants, grocery stores, caterers, food trucks, coffee shops, etc), especially with businesses operating more heavily towards take-out orders. Additional topics will include how to transition smoothly into compliance with County and State level SUP legislation, and strategies to reduce and eliminate SUP usage. Information on available resources, tools and grant funding for waste reduction practices will be a discussion item, to better understand what tools and resources businesses find most helpful. The train-the-trainer program for CACs took place in February 2020, and focused on education about single-use plastics pollution and strategies to reduce single-use plastics (SUPs) usage. This campaign is an opportunity for community members to learn together and go “above and beyond” to reduce and eliminate SUP products.
Local stakeholders, community organizations and individuals interested in learning more, or businesses interested in participating in the local business focus group, are encouraged to contact Michelle Gluck, CCEDC Environment and Energy Resource Educator, at Mg822@cornell.edu or 845-677-8223 ext. 148.
CCEDC received support for the campaign from a New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) 2019-2020 Community Grant award. "Funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation." Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State."
The Dutchess S.U.P.P.P. Campaign is administered by CCE Dutchess County is supported by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) and paid for in part by Dutchess County and other entities. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.
Last updated September 22, 2020