Single-use plastics are continuing to be the target of environmental pushes at sites ranging from national parks to local neighborhood entertainment zones.
On the federal level, three environmental groups are encouraging leaders of the National Park Service to move faster to cut back on single-use water bottles at parks.
Currently, President Joe Biden's administration has set a target to phase out many single-use plastics by 2032 at the parks, but as PN's Bridget Janis writes, the groups want to see that change within two years, not 10.
On the local level, residents in Charlotte, N.C., are asking city leaders to ban single-use plastics in "social district" zones under consideration. The zones allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol outside their buildings in specific areas and have been embraced in other North Carolina communities. During a hearing this week, some Charlotte residents brought up their concerns not just with noise or overconsumption of alcohol, but whether excess litter from those zones could end up in nearby waterways. Rejecting any single-use plastics from those sites should help, the residents said.
"Our prosperous and forward-thinking city should be in the forefront of banning, not encouraging, the use of single-use disposable plastic cups," said Nancy Pierce, a resident in one neighborhood targeted for a district, Genna Contino of The Charlotte Observer reported.