Manchester Township Environmental Commission released this statement in conjunction with their “Reducing Our Plastic is Fantastic 2020 Awareness Campaign”.  The campaign was approved by the commission at their April 11, 2019 public meeting and officially kicks off Earth Day April 22, 2019.  The campaign will have commission members and volunteers participating in township events and educating the public throughout the year leading up to a celebration of Earth Day 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

“The damage from plastic bags, straws and other disposables is unsightly and damaging to our parks, waterways and community in general.  We are hopeful we can do our part to make great strides in changing behavior and becoming a model community.” said Commission Chair Peggy Middaugh.

Commission member Rory Wells also stated “One aspect of the campaign includes the founding of our Environmental Ambassador Program which will give citizens a chance to assist the commission with our efforts and earn a limited-edition inaugural collectors pin.  Many of our citizens already enjoy the outdoors but may not be aware of even simple changes that can reduce use of plastics in our town.”

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