Reduce Your Use

Take the Pledge

Join Hillsborough County and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful in the worldwide movement to reduce waste from single-use plastics.

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Reduce Plastic Pollution

Hillsborough County and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful are joining the worldwide movement to reduce waste from single-use plastics.

According to the Ocean Conservancy, six of the top 10 contributors to marine debris are single-use, or disposable, plastic products. They include food and beverage container caps and lids, beverage bottles, plastic bags, food wrappers, cups, plates, cutlery, and drinking straws. Known as “food service ware,” such single-use plastic utensils and containers pose a threat to marine environments because they do not fully break down or decompose. When littered, or caught by the wind, these items get washed into stormwater drains that empty into streams, rivers, bays, and other waterways. 

6 Ways You Can Help Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Bring Your Own Bag   Each reusable bag can eliminate hundreds (if not thousands) of single-use plastic bags.

Bring Your Own Bag

Each reusable bag can eliminate hundreds (if not thousands) of single-use plastic bags.

Say NO to Straws or Bring Your Own   Plastic straws are consistently one of the most littered plastic items. If you really need one, get a reusable straw and bring your own.

Say NO to Straws or Bring Your Own

Plastic straws are consistently one of the most littered plastic items. If you really need one, get a reusable straw and bring your own.

Bring Your Own Cup   Replace an average of 500 disposable paper, plastic, or Styrofoam cups a year with a reusable cup or mug. Ask your favorite business if they offer a discount for bringing your own cup.

Bring Your Own Cup

Replace an average of 500 disposable paper, plastic, or Styrofoam cups a year with a reusable cup or mug. Ask your favorite business if they offer a discount for bringing your own cup.

Bring Your Own Container and Utensils   When grabbing a meal on the go, bring your own takeout or leftover container and utensils instead of more single-use "doggie bags".

Bring Your Own Container and Utensils

When grabbing a meal on the go, bring your own takeout or leftover container and utensils instead of more single-use "doggie bags".

Carry a Reusable Water Bottle   Carrying your own bottle cuts waste and is much cheaper. Typically, bottled water costs 2000 times more than tap water.

Carry a Reusable Water Bottle

Carrying your own bottle cuts waste and is much cheaper. Typically, bottled water costs 2000 times more than tap water.

Share Your Success Stories   Lead by example, let your friends and family know what you’re doing, and help others get involved. Use #PollutionSolutionHC on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to share your reduction tips.

Share Your Success Stories

Lead by example, let your friends and family know what you’re doing, and help others get involved. Use #PollutionSolutionHC on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to share your reduction tips.