Rochester and Olmsted County Launch Plastic-Free February Initiative

Plastic is everywhere and it’s causing problems for our environment. It’s tough to recycle right and ends up as litter, hurting our planet.

The city of Rochester and Olmsted County are encouraging everyone to try not using any plastic for February.

We use plastic items every day, and they’re affecting the environment by turning into tiny particles that get into our water and food.

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Rachel Strauss, an expert on the environment, explains, “Plastic doesn’t just go away. It ends up in our water and soil, and we want to stop it from polluting our environment.”

To help people cut down on plastic, Rochester and Olmsted County have come up with a challenge for February. It’s designed to fit everyone, no matter where you’re starting from.

Rachel Strauss adds, “You can pick something that’s a bit more of a challenge for you. There are about 85 different actions to choose from, so there’s something for everyone.”

Plastic is mostly made from oil and gas, which are not good for the planet. Cutting down on plastic helps lower your impact on the environment.

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For instance, using reusable bags instead of disposable plastic ones can make a big difference.

Anthony Wittmer, who works on environmental issues, says, “Plastic is a big part of our lives, so we emphasize the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle properly if you must use plastic.”

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