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Task Force to Tackle Plastics

  • Tackling Plastics
  • Governor Signing Executive Order
    Governor Gina M. Raimondo signs the Executive Order to Tackle Plastics.
  • Task Force Meeting
    Task force members appointed by the Governor, meet at DEM headquaters.
  • Presentation at Task Force Meeting
    Terrence Gray, DEM Associate Director for Environmental Protection, presents the harmful side of plastics at a meeting of the task force.

Task Force to Tackle Plastics

In July, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an Executive Order aimed to reduce reliance on single-use plastics that often end up in Rhode Island's waters and shoreline. The Tackling Plastics Executive Order targets single-use disposables such as shopping bags, bottles, cups and straws - along with items like six-pack rings and balloons - that become unsightly, dangerous and all-too-familiar litter on land and in coastal waters.

The Executive Order specifically creates a task force that will:

  • 1. Encourage the financial and market factors needed to support reducing and recycling plastics;
  • 2. Develop non-regulatory recognition and incentive programs, potential legislation and/or regulations and other measures to eliminate the sources of plastic pollution;
  • 3. Support and build on the new Zero Plastics Initiative with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) and on the state's existing, successful recycling programs; and
  • 4. Educate Rhode Islanders on the importance of and means to reducing and recycling plastics.

Task force members appointed by the Governor, include environmental groups, marinas, relevant industries, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and State agencies. This collaboration will help Rhode Island make meaningful progress in creating a comprehensive, source-reduction approach to address the problems associated with single-use plastics and packaging to create a stronger, safer, and greener Rhode Island for future generations.



Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, November 14
9:00-10:30 AM
Room 200 William C. Gaige Hall, Rhode Island College, North Providence (Directions)

Friday, December 14
9:00-10:30 AM

Wednesday, January 9
11:00-12:30 AM

Tuesday, February 5
1:00-2:30 PM
The Harmful Side of Plastics
  • More plastic has been produced over the last 10 years than during the whole of the last century.

  • Eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year.

  • That’s a whole garbage truck per minute – and 80 percent of that comes from land-based sources.

  • Virtually every piece of plastic ever made still exists in some shape or form.
DEM Environmental Protection Bureau
235 Promenade St.
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-4700
Fax: 401-222-6802