Every year, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience coordinates the City’s Earth Day events, culminating in an employee day of service.
The global theme for Earth Day 2018 is “Ending Plastic Pollution.” From polluting our waterways like the Chattahoochee River to filling up our landfills and littering our streets, the exponential growth of plastics threatens the very survival of our planet.
There are 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste on Earth.
The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year 31 million tons of plastic waste was generated in the US during 2010, accounting for 12.4 percent of total municipal solid waste.
In 2014, the U.S. sold over 100 billion plastic beverage bottles, the Container Recycling Institute estimated; 57 percent of them were for water.
Atlanta is doing its part to tackle the plastic pollution crisis.
Carry a reusable water bottle to work or school and reduce the billions of plastic bottles that are wasted each year.