The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is working with the California Department of Parks and Recreation (California State Parks), Keep California Beautiful (KCB) and Caltrans to provide away-from-home recycling opportunities to those who visit California’s highway rest stops, pristine state beaches and campgrounds.
Under this program, nearly 700 recycle bins and educational signs encouraging recycling have been placed in 31 locations throughout San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, San Diego, Monterey and Santa Cruz. The partnership has also placed bins at a park in Woodland, CA and at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to raise awareness of the connection between increasing recycling and reducing marine debris.
Each partner has an interest in recycling plastics:
- The ACC wants to see plastic products recycled because plastics are too valuable to waste and don’t belong in the waste stream or anywhere they might end up as marine debris.
- California State Parks wants to see these easily recycled products diverted from landfills, which helps preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity and protect its most valued natural resource.
- KCB is working to achieve a litter-free California.
- Caltrans is working to reduce litter on California’s highways.