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National Parks Log Plastic Litter

Gizmodo“: You’re hiking through glorious nature when you see it—a dirty, squished plastic water bottle along the trail. Instead of picking it up and impotently cursing the litterer, you can now take another small helpful step—you can report the trash to a new data project that aims to inspire policy change. Environmental nonprofit 5 Gyres is asking national park visitors in the U.S. to log trash they see through a new site called TrashBlitz. The organization, which is dedicated to reducing plastic pollution, created TrashBlitz to gather data on how much, and what kind, of plastic and other litter is clogging our parks. They want to encourage realistic plastic pollution reduction plans for all 63 national parks. The TrashBlitz initiative is set to run from early July through September. This call-to-action comes about a month after the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it’s going to phase out the sale and distribution of single-use plastic items on public lands and national parks. But it doesn’t plan on completing that phase-out until 2032…” [h/t Pete Weiss]

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