Every year, the National Park Service contends with around 70 million pounds of waste -- the same weight as 155 Statues of Liberty. And single-use plastics are a huge part of the problem. A 2013 review of Yellowstone National Park found that plastic water bottles represent half of the park's entire solid waste load.
Instead of creating unnecessary waste pollution in our national parks, let's move beyond plastic. Urge Interior Secretary Deb Haaland: Eliminate the sale and distribution of single-use plastics in national parks.