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Milwaukee County supervisor calls for the elimination of single-use plastics

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 17:34:17-05

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is calling for Milwaukee County to phase out single-use plastics in their facilities and parks.

Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic introduced a county policy that works to reduce and eliminate single-use plastic products and other non-biodegradable items from Milwaukee County facilities.

"Milwaukee County should be a leader on environmental sustainability issues and that starts with taking action and getting our own house in order," said Dimitrijevic.

Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson is a co-sponsor of the policy, which is supported by advocacy group Milwaukee Riverkeeper. The goal is reduce or eliminate single-use plastic products and polystyrene foam.

This is not the only change that Milwaukee has seen in an effort to become more eco-friendly. Marquette University has given up on plastic straws, in addition to Fiserv Forum.

The resolution would direct the Office of Sustainability to draft contract language reflecting the policy change in advance of renewing vendor's contracts.

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