BASIC INTRODUCTION (for all groups)
The amount of single-use plastic being used in the U.S. has skyrocketed. Every year, billions of unused straws, utensils, napkins, condiment packets, and other accessories are included in take-out and delivery orders and just thrown away, creating unnecessary waste and plastic pollution. In Collier County, our landfills, our beaches, the Gulf, our lakes and streams are being polluted with single-use plastics that cannot be recycled. The LWVCC is helping to address this issue with our “Skip the Stuff” campaign - “Just Say No to Single-Use foodware and condiments.”
With the “Skip the Stuff”, restaurants will only provide single-use food ware and condiments upon request for take-out or delivery orders. Customers request only what they need and leave the rest, saying, “No Thanks” to single-use items. It’s a simple solution that will reduce restaurant costs, waste and plastic pollution.