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Reduce Single Use Plastics Month

Mayor Lavelle proclaimed October 2018 to be “Reduce Single Use Plastics Month” and proclaim March 2019 “Skip the Straw Month." You can view the proclamation below.





SUPPORTING THE REDUCTION

OF SINGLE USE PLASTICS
 
 
WHEREAS, the Town of Carrboro, along with Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, are known for and committed to social and technical innovation, environmental and waste reduction leadership, and
 
WHEREAS, single-use plastics such as straws, cups, utensils, take-out containers and polystyrene are not recyclable and must be landfilled, and
 
WHEREAS, single-use plastics, including plastic bags remain in the environment indefinitely, harming wildlife, impacting water quality, and diminishing the aesthetic character of the County’s outdoor environment, and
 
WHEREAS, plastics do not biodegrade in the environment, but instead break down into smaller micro-plastics, and
 
WHEREAS, single-use plastic pollution presents a danger to public health by increasing the pathogens and chemicals in animal tissue, waterways and lowering water quality, requiring significant resources to address, and
 
WHEREAS, the Town of Carrboro, along with Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill and Hillsborough support reducing the use of ALL single-use plastics by residents and businesses by encouraging reuse and durable alternatives, refusing single-use plastics when offered, and offering compostable or reusable alternatives, and
 
WHEREAS, the Town of Carrboro, along with Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill and Hillsborough wish to recognize, advance and participate in the National Skip the Straw Day (held the last Friday in February) and declare the month of March 2019 “Skip the Straw Month” to encourage residents to give up single use plastic straws.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 2018 to be “Reduce Single Use Plastics Month” and proclaim March 2019 “Skip the Straw Month.”

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