Virginia Plastic pollution Prevention network

MISSION

The mission of the Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network (VPPPN) is to promote and facilitate coordination, collaboration, and communication among groups working to reduce plastic pollution throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

BACKGROUND

The VPPPN, started in 2020, seeks to foster cooperation, communication, information sharing, and collaboration among groups involved in all types of plastic pollution prevention in Virginia. The VPPPN was co-founded by Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, Eco Maniac Company, LLC, and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (at the VA Department of Environmental Quality). The VPPPN is a result of the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan which identified the benefits that increased collaboration could bring to the many and diverse issues around marine debris and plastic pollution. Administrative support for the VPPPN is provided by Clean Virginia Waterways.

The VPPPN will not do original research, advocate for policies or legislation, or organize events. Its goal, instead, is to facilitate communication among people who are working on the following issues:

  • Educational campaigns to decrease litter and marine debris

  • Innovative approaches to decrease litter and marine debris

  • Legislation to decrease litter and marine debris

  • Research on all aspects of plastic pollution including

    • Land-based sources of marine debris

    • Water-based sources of marine debris

  • Products and services related to plastic pollution and source reduction as well as sustainable business practices

  • Derelict fishing gear (DFG)

  • Abandoned or derelict vessels (ADV)

  • Microplastics

  • Packaging innovations and other pre-consumer modifications to decrease the single use of plastics

  • Extended producer responsibility (EPR) and similar waste reduction strategies

  • Plastic pollution items of special concern

    • Plastic single-use shopping bags

    • Smoking-related litter including cigarette butts

    • Balloon-related litter

    • Single-use plastics (SUP) including food- and beverage-related items

  • Cleanup and removal events

  • Citizen science, data collection, and volunteer engagement opportunities

  • Funding sources

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is free to groups working on plastic pollution prevention including but not limited to:

  • Non-profit and non-government groups 

  • Governmental agencies

  • Universities and research institutions

  • Tourism and hospitality industry

  • Businesses committed to preventing plastic pollution

At this time there is no membership available to individuals.

BENEFITS OF VPPPN MEMBERSHIP

Initially, the VPPPN will offer:

  • An on-line directory of all members’ programs related to plastic pollution prevention.

  • Monthly conference calls for members to share updates.

If there is interest, the VPPPN may also add:

  • Monthly (or bi-monthly) digest emails highlighting new research and reports, upcoming events, job openings, and other items of interest.

  • Webinars

  • Work groups devoted to sub-topics

  • Networking opportunities with other VPPPN members.


The Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan and the Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network

The hundreds of stakeholders who contributed to the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan (VMDRP) recognized the need to pursue a collaborative and coordinated approach to reduce litter and marine debris from land- and water-based sources. The VMDRP encourages fostering collaboration between government agencies (federal, state and local), manufacturers and businesses, non-profit organizations, research institutions, and Virginians who are seeking to prevent litter and marine debris or are engaged in cleanups and removal of plastic pollution.

The Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network will fulfill goals of the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan by:

  • Using web-based tools to foster collaboration and increased communication between members as well as the public.

  • Providing a clearinghouse for:

    • Cleanup and removal events and programs to include events, approaches, and organizing groups. This includes facilitating multi-jurisdictional and public-private partnerships in cleanup and removal efforts to create long-term ecological improvements for coastal and in-land waterways, habitat, and wildlife

    • Litter-prevention and marine debris projects, best practices, and research that are underway in Virginia and regionally.

    • Marine debris prevention activities, tools, and resources

    • Promoting the use of members’ existing resources.

    • Sharing information and data, including results of and data generated during cleanup events.

LEARN MORE

If you have questions, please send them to VirginiaPPPN@gmail.com.







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