Surfrider Foundation and its partners are working with the public, school students, businesses, and the Oregon State legislature to reduce consumption of single-use plastic in Oregon. The coordinated campaign will culminate in a Rise Above Plastics Month (in May). With the support of a NOAA Marine Debris Program Prevention Grant, Oregon Surfrider Foundation together with  SOLVE, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, and Oregon House Representative David Gomberg, will lead a campaign to engage the Oregon public, businesses and the legislature to reduce the amount of single-use plastic items in Oregon.

Plastic debris has been washing up on the Oregon coast for many years. In 2017, thousands of plastic items, mostly single-use food packaging such as bottle caps, bottles, and plastic straws were removed from Oregon beaches. Yet, the use of plastic continues to increase worldwide, plastic debris ends up in the marine environment, and breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. Preventing marine debris from entering the environment in the first place is needed in Oregon and elsewhere. The ultimate goal of this project is to drive behavior change to reduce the amount of single-use plastics used in Oregon.

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