Sustain Jefferson Jefferson County, Wisconsin

The problems with plastic: Join us for a forum

Sustain Jefferson will hold a forum on the overuse of plastics and the problems of plastic pollution Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Johnson Creek Community Center, 417 Union St., Johnson Creek.

Speakers will be Randy Frank, Watertown streets superintendent, and Sharon Ehrhardt, solid waste program assistant for Jefferson County, who will talk about recycling plastic and the problems caused by recent changes in worldwide markets for recyclable plastics. Short videos on the problem of overuse of plastics and ways to reduce plastic use will be shown followed by an open discussion.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the forum also will feature a display and sale of alternatives for common plastic products, including stainless steel drinking straws, beeswax sandwich wrap, bamboo handled toothbrushes, reusable produce bags, reusable food and container covers, toothpaste tablets and shampoo bars.

The event is free and open to the public. It is part of Sustain Jefferson's continuing project on plastic overuse and pollution that last spring included a county-wide cleanup and reporting of the plastic waste polluting public areas.