Reducing Plastic Pollution

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City Council has prioritized reducing plastic pollution in Fort Collins. Now the question is how!

Plastic pollution is perceived as an issue in coastal areas, however it also impacts inland environments, including Fort Collins. Not all plastic can be or is recycled, meaning it often ends up in our rivers and in our landfills. Single-use plastics (plastic bags, straws, take-out containers, plastic utensils, Styrofoam etc.) are especially problematic.

Fort Collins is beginning a community conversation about how to reduce single-use plastics within our community, with specific goals of moving toward zero waste and maintaining and improving the health of the Cache la Poudre River. While COVID-19 has temporarily changed the landscape of zero-waste practices (using reusable bags, mugs, containers, etc.), it also provides an opportunity to create solutions that are resilient to unexpected changes in our community.


Want to act? Join the Pick it Up FoCo challenge and help clean up your neighborhood while also collecting critical data for this policy discussion through the Litterati app. See more in the right side panel on how to pick up litter safely. You can also chose to skip plastic utensils when ordering take out - May the Fork Be With You!

Want to learn? Visit the FAQ section (to the right) for information on how to reduce single-use plastic by using reusable alternatives, implement low-plastic business practices, and why these things can't always just be recycled.

Want to engage? Answer the single-use and plastic bag surveys (below) and take part in the discussion about which direction Fort Collins should take to reduce single-use plastics and plastic pollution.

City Council has prioritized reducing plastic pollution in Fort Collins. Now the question is how!

Plastic pollution is perceived as an issue in coastal areas, however it also impacts inland environments, including Fort Collins. Not all plastic can be or is recycled, meaning it often ends up in our rivers and in our landfills. Single-use plastics (plastic bags, straws, take-out containers, plastic utensils, Styrofoam etc.) are especially problematic.

Fort Collins is beginning a community conversation about how to reduce single-use plastics within our community, with specific goals of moving toward zero waste and maintaining and improving the health of the Cache la Poudre River. While COVID-19 has temporarily changed the landscape of zero-waste practices (using reusable bags, mugs, containers, etc.), it also provides an opportunity to create solutions that are resilient to unexpected changes in our community.


Want to act? Join the Pick it Up FoCo challenge and help clean up your neighborhood while also collecting critical data for this policy discussion through the Litterati app. See more in the right side panel on how to pick up litter safely. You can also chose to skip plastic utensils when ordering take out - May the Fork Be With You!

Want to learn? Visit the FAQ section (to the right) for information on how to reduce single-use plastic by using reusable alternatives, implement low-plastic business practices, and why these things can't always just be recycled.

Want to engage? Answer the single-use and plastic bag surveys (below) and take part in the discussion about which direction Fort Collins should take to reduce single-use plastics and plastic pollution.

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