Sustainable Highland Park, a borough commission, has been awarded a $10,000 grant to reduce single use plastic bags in our town.  We will be doing education and outreach to businesses, consumers, students and the faith community over the next year. Did you know that…

…5 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year (Source)

…One bag is used on average for 20 minutes before it is disposed of

…It takes about 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose

…Only about 1% of plastic bags are recycled

…100 million barrels of oil are used each year to produce plastic bags worldwide

…Most plastic bags end up in waterways, landfills and littering our landscapes

…More than 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed yearly by ocean debris

Please join with Sustainable Highland Park in our efforts to raise awareness to the harmful effects of plastic bags and to reduce the use of plastic bags in our town.


Sustainable Highland Park is completing one year of education and outreach in an effort to reduce single use plastic bags in our town. This survey is to collect information on the impact of our campaign and to see what next steps we should take. The more responses we get, the more we can gauge the usage of and feelings about plastic bags in our community, so please share this survey with your family, friends and neighbors in Highland Park. Thank you for taking the time to take this survey and to #RefuseThePlastic and #UseReusables.


Want to get involved with the campaign? Email us at refusetheplastic [at] gmail [dot] com