Plastic Free July- Choose to Refuse Challenge Gets Started

South San Francisco, CA   June 30, 2018  Submitted by SSF Scavengers Co Inc

Join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during July.

Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s our mission – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide.

​Will you join us and give up single-use plastic this July?




About Plastic Free July

We have grown from a handful of participants in Western Australia in 2011, through to millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today.

The incredible transformation has led to us recently becoming an independent, not-for-profit charitable Foundation. Our vision is a world without plastic waste.

Our vision for the future

​​By encouraging people to be more aware of their plastic use, we can create a cleaner world for generations to come.

Part of this involves supporting behaviour change and helping others habitually #choosetorefuse shopping bags, straws, takeaway containers and coffee cups – just to name a few.


2 comments for “Plastic Free July- Choose to Refuse Challenge Gets Started

  1. Wendy Sinclair-Smith
    July 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    With so much of our lives being involved with plastic, options need to be revealed. I know there are take away containers of paper and take out cups of paper but with plastic lids. Is there another option for the tops? There are so many little pieces of plastic like bags too. Can I recycle them? I am thrilled to see a movement towards Zero Waste and know we need to reduce our plastic’s dependency. With so much around us, even the paint on our walls and the artificial flooring we walk upon, the reuse part of recycle needs more work. I’m trying to have zero put into my landfill garbage container but am an apartment dweller aka (multi-family)so hopefully there will be more emphasis on our demographic getting included in plans to help the new 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Your literature that comes in my mail refers to single family dwellings! Thank you for the opportunity to help.

    • Editor
      July 2, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Wendy- we directed your questions and concerns to the Scavengers and received this reply to share with you. Thank you.

      The main goal of Plastic Free July is to avoid all plastics… especially single-use disposable plastics. While “bio” (compostable) plastics are a better choice than traditional plastics, we should really avoid using either type. What we want people to do is to skip the disposable lid, straw, bag, ….

      To answer Wendy’s first question, yes—there are other options for containers (tops and bottoms). They exist in glass, stainless, aluminum, bamboo, etc.. And, there are paper lids.

      To answer her 2nd question, no—you cannot currently recycle little pieces or plastic or bags—at least not through our curbside programs. We have not found a sustainable way to collect, process and market them. This is one reason why we are encouraging people to refuse, reduce, and reuse. These actions trump recycling! It doesn’t matter if you live in a multifamily or single-family home.

      For anyone looking to recycle odd items, there is a search engine at . It’s worth trying.

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