The city of Palm Springs is joining a growing worldwide movement of more than 250 million participants in 177 countries to reduce single-use plastics as part of “Plastics Free July,” a worldwide initiative to bring attention to the growing problem of plastics in our environment.

If you would like to take the Plastic-free July challenge, click here. 

At the City Council Meeting on June 25th,  city leaders announced they will be installing more touchless water fillers at city facilities to reduce single-use plastic water bottles; working with Palm Springs Disposal Services to educate residents about the problems with putting recyclables in plastic bags; and ending the suspension of the ban on single-use plastic bags consistent with state direction.

The city is encouraging residents to do what they can to take part in this important initiative by doing at least one thing during the month of July to reduce their use of single-use plastics.

Not sure what you can change, take a plastics quiz by clicking here.

Some ideas for Plastic-free July include:
• Say “No Thanks!” to disposable plastic food ware when ordering take out.
• Use more reusable food storage ware to limit or eliminate use of plastic bags and
plastic wraps.
• Replace plastic utensils, cups and other disposable food ware at work with reusable
• Support businesses that have made the switch away from plastic straws.

Check out the Plastics-Free July website by clicking here and the city’s Sustainability website by clicking here for more information.

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