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Perils of Plastics

Friends of Euclid Creek welcomed Dr. Sherri Mason from State University of New York at Fredonia to present her recent research on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes and its tributaries as well as plastic in our tap water, bottled water, beer, and sea salt on August 14th at the Beachwood Community Center. The event also featured Dr. Cathi Lehn from Cleveland Office of Sustainability, Director Diane Bickett from Cuyahoga Solid Waste District, and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon to talk about local plastic reduction efforts and the latest on changes to our county recycling program. The night concluded with a question and answer session as well as ideas about how we can address this threat by making simple changes in our daily lives like refusing a straw or bringing re-usable bags to the grocery store.

The event was recorded and is available for viewing on YouTube. Please share the video with others as the goal is to learn and become educators that spread this information about plastics.

We’d like to thank our sponsors and the people who made the event possible. Beachwood Community Center for the venue, Zagara's catering for the food and desserts, Green Paper Products in Highland Heights for the compostable utensils, and Rust Belt Riders for helping to make this a zero-waste event. Thanks also to Dr. Cathi Lehn, Ken Messinger-Rapport, FOEC President, and Chris Vild, FOEC Vice President for their hard work on this event.