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Northam commits to eliminate single-use plastics for state agencies

An executive order signed by Gov. Ralph Northam on March 23 puts Virginia on a path to eliminate most single-use plastics at state agencies, colleges and universities, imposing a near-term ban on several common, disposable plastics and requiring the phase out of other items by 2025.

Northam made the announcement of the signing of Executive Order 77 during the 31st annual Environment Virginia Symposium hosted by the Virginia Military Institute.

“From landmark investments in renewable energy to bold action to tackle the climate crisis, Virginia is at the forefront of innovative efforts to protect our environment, and addressing the problem of plastic pollution is an important part of this work,” said Northam. “As a large producer of solid waste, the commonwealth must lead by example and transition away from single-use disposable plastics to create a cleaner, more sustainable future for all Virginians.”

Most types of plastic are not easily or economically recyclable, and because...

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