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 workshops for local businesses and 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 workshops will address how to transition smoothly into compliance with plastic bag ban legislation, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020 in Dutchess County and March 1, 2020 in New York State and the Dutchess County polystyrene foam ban which went into effect January 1, 2019. Information on available resources, tools and grant funding for waste reduction practices will be provided at the workshops facilitated by CCEDC. The train-the-trainer program for CACs will take place in February 2020, and will focus on education about single-use plastics pollution and strategies to reduce single-use plastics (SUPs) usage. Business workshops will be planned for later in 2020. This campaign is an opportunity for participants 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 a workshop, 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.
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 November 18, 2019