Although plastic is a versatile material with many uses, it is concerning because it presents health risks, contributes to litter and pollution, and is challenging to dispose of. Some of the most common and problematic plastic items we deal with every day come in the form of packaging and single-use plastics.
The Plastic-Free Challenge engages residents in learning about plastics and plastic waste and committing to actions that help create a plastic-free world. The challenge has 86 actions to choose from in eight categories. Participants check off the actions they already take, then select up to five one-time actions and five daily actions to track progress on during the four-week challenge.
Participants can create or join a team to take the challenge along with their family, friends, or neighbors. Organizations and businesses, including community groups, neighborhoods, schools, retailers, and more, can become a Plastic-Free Challenge partner. Partners help increase promotion, recruitment, and engagement for the challenge. The online Plastic-Free Challenge is offered in partnership with Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and Washington County and is powered by EcoChallenge.
For more information about the Plastic-Free Challenge, contact the Zero Waste Challenge coordinator at ZWC@hennepin.us