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Plastic Beach: Saving the Environment One Plastic Sheet at a Time
Plastic Beach, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in San Diego, is doing remarkable work in facilitating the recycling of plastic film materials at the pre-consumer stage in both small and large companies. Their mission to save the environment, "one plastic sheet at a time," is truly commendable.
Addressing the Plastic Waste Issue:
Plastic waste has become a pressing global concern, and Plastic Beach has identified a critical aspect of this problem: plastic film materials used in packaging. Many retailers receive items pre-wrapped in plastic film or packaged with bubble wrap, which are often discarded before the products even reach the consumers. Sadly, the majority of this plastic film ends up in landfills because there are several barriers to recycling it effectively.
Plastic Beach has recognized these challenges and is actively working to change the narrative. They have devised a practical and hassle-free approach to recycling plastic film materials at the retail level, diverting this waste from the trash stream and into the recycling pipeline. By doing so, they're not only helping companies reduce their environmental footprint but also addressing the broader issue of plastic pollution.
How Plastic Beach Works:
One of the most impressive aspects of Plastic Beach's approach is its simplicity and effectiveness:
On-Site Collection: Plastic Beach provides local businesses with the necessary infrastructure to collect their plastic film waste on-site, preventing it from entering the trash stream.
Regular Pick-Up and Distribution: The organization's volunteer team collects the plastic film from businesses, ensuring it is properly stored and delivered to recycling companies. This streamlined process helps businesses track their recycling volume weight, allowing them to showcase their commitment to sustainability to customers and stakeholders.
Plastic Beach understands that real change requires a collective effort. That's why they are actively seeking volunteers to support their cause. There are various ways individuals can get involved, making it accessible for people with different levels of commitment:
Program Oversight: Volunteers can oversee recycling programs at selected companies or assist with the collection of plastic film materials from businesses to designated collection locations.
Fundraising and Donations: Those with a knack for fundraising can contribute to the financial sustainability of Plastic Beach, ensuring they can continue their vital work.
Education: Volunteers can play a crucial role in educating friends, family, and coworkers about the importance of recycling plastic sheet materials, raising awareness within their communities.
Advocacy: By spreading the word and advocating for Plastic Beach's mission, volunteers help expand their reach and impact.
Community Engagement: Volunteers can participate in community events, such as local education and recycling days, further promoting recycling initiatives.
Plastic Beach's Mission and Vision:
Plastic Beach's commitment to growth, education, collaboration, and innovation is at the core of their mission and vision:
Education: They aim to educate retailers about the recyclability of plastic film materials, providing collection services funded by charitable donations.
Collaboration: Identifying and collaborating with existing plastic film recyclers and collection services ensures that the collected materials are properly recycled.
Partnerships: Plastic Beach actively seeks like-minded partners, including volunteers, local business groups, and companies, to expand collection efforts and explore large-scale solutions.
Future Expansion: With ambitious plans for the future, Plastic Beach aims to render collected materials into raw products like pellets or finished products that can be sold onward, closing the recycling loop.
And if that wasn’t enough Plastic Beach works with local partner organizations, such as Solano Center that collects specific types of plastic waste generated by the public. Their website information is noted below.
Here are some guidelines for the Solano Center Collection Site:
Ziplock bags – YES
Empty clean trash bags (white, clear?) – YES (Black – NO)
Non-stretchy food packaging that’s been washed and dried such as salad bags? – NO
Plastic grocery bags if they are colored and not clear? – YES
Amazon Prime / USPS Priority plastic envelopes bags (with labels removed) – YES
Stretch wrap / bubble wrap / plastic packing pillows (deflated please) – YES
Guidestar Nonprofit Page: www.guidestar.org/profile/84-3406001
In the News:
LA Times: https://shorturl.at/fxyOZ
Carlsbad Village: https://shorturl.at/vyIJQ
From our Partners:
The Mighty Bin: https://shorturl.at/fxyOZ
Solana Center: https://shorturl.at/crCW6
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce: https://shorturl.at/qIMW7