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OR&R Participates in "From Single-use to Reuse" Earth Day Event

MAY 1, 2023 — On April 21, the Office of Response and Restoration participated in the "From Single-use to Reuse: Earth Day Event to Highlight the Growing Reuse Movement" at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Upstream and the World Wildlife Fund, the event brought together stakeholders for a discussion about the importance of reuse to curb plastic pollution and to showcase reuse systems that reduce single-use plastic waste.

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Scott Lundgren, Director of the Office of Response and Restoration, gives remarks at the From Single-use to Reuse Earth Day Event.

The event included remarks from leaders in the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, local government, and federal agencies, including Scott Lundgren, director of the Office of Response and Restoration. Lundgren highlighted the importance of reuse systems to reduce waste and prevent marine debris from entering our waterways, ocean, and Great Lakes. He emphasized NOAA’s commitment to developing solutions to single-use plastic waste, and highlighted projects funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program to help businesses and schools reduce waste and switch to reusable items, as well as efforts across the National Ocean Service to reduce waste at events and in internal operations.

This event not only demonstrated the impact of effective reuse systems, but also the importance of gathering stakeholders to work toward a common cause. By working across sectors and implementing a wide range of solutions, we can effectively stop waste at its source and prevent these common types of marine debris from continuing to enter our environment. 

A recording of this event is available on YouTube.

Last updated Friday, May 5, 2023 1:25pm PDT