Plastic Pollution

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Plastic Pollution

The Coastal Conservation League is working on several initiatives designed to reduce plastic pollution in our state.

In spite of best efforts, litter continues to be a major environmental concern for water quality, human health, and wildlife. The single-use plastic bag is one of the most harmful pieces of litter entering our environment today.

If littered, single-use plastic bags strangle marine animals or break down into tiny fragments of plastic that infiltrate our waterways and work through food webs, including the diets of humans. Studies show that microplastic ingestion can cut oyster reproduction rates nearly in half. If inappropriately recycled, single-use plastic bags destroy machinery at recycling facilities or degrade municipal compost.

Plastic pollution accumulates daily in our oceans. Marine life from across the spectrum, from microscopic organisms at the base of the food chain to albatross, dolphins, and whales at the top, are ingesting these toxic materials.

We work within our communities — with citizens, elected officials, and partners to reduce harmful plastic pollution and implement policy changes designed to protect our water, wildlife, and quality of life.

To learn more or get involved, please reach out to us:

Georgetown: Erin Hardwick Pate at 843.545.0403

Charleston: Emily Cedzo at 843.723.8035

Beaufort: Rikki Parker at 843.522.1800

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