Environmental Actions

PWA focuses on preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the Pemaquid Peninsula by promoting a clean, litter-free environment.

Come back often to this page for more tips on actions you can take to keep our peninsula healthy and clean!

Join our Corps of Litter Pickeruppers

Click here to learn about our litter pick-up events.

Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful clean-up participant

About Plastic:

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Recycling

Redeem your used bottles and cans locally and direct the cash to PWA!
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How to Dispose of the Waste You Generate and Stuff You No Longer Want

Town Transfer Stations

Click on the link for a brochure on what each transfer station accepts.

How to dispose of items that can’t (or shouldn’t) go to the dump — click to show list

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A Word about Plastic Pollution

with text courtesy of 5gyres.org

Take a look around you…most of what we eat, drink, or use in any way comes packaged in petroleum plastic — a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that we then throw away. This throwaway mentality is a relatively recent phenomenon. Just a generation ago, we packaged our products in reusable or recyclable materials – glass, metals, and paper, and designed products that would last. Today, our landfills and beaches are awash in plastic packaging, and expendable products that have no value at the end of their short lifecycle.

The short-term convenience of using and throwing away plastic products carries a very inconvenient long-term truth. These plastic water bottles, cups, utensils, electronics, toys, and gadgets we dispose of daily are rarely recycled in a closed loop. We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce. What happens to the rest of it? Roughly 50% is buried in landfills, some is remade into durable goods, and much of it remains “unaccounted for”, lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.

Though some products, like plastic bottles, have a recovery plan, most do not. Even fewer are truly recycled. Plastic lost at sea is an environmental and potential human health hazard. We must demand zero tolerance for plastic pollution. Reducing our consumption and production of plastic waste, and choosing cost-effective alternatives will go a long way towards protecting our seas and, ultimately, ourselves.

Join us in being part of the solution:

  • Reduce your purchase of plastic packaging and use of plastic bags.
  • Take this challenge:  Walk into any grocery or department store and try to fill a grocery cart with individual products that are not made from, packaged, or labeled with plastic.
  • Properly dispose of plastic waste.
  • Help us pick up plastic debris.

Learn more about how plastics are made and recycled

Did you know that there are seven types of plastics?

In the land-based solid waste stream, the largest category of plastics are those used in containers and packaging, such as soft drink bottles, lids, and shampoo bottles.

In the marine environment, plastics are a component of a broad range of debris, anything from nets and rope used for fishing to shopping bags and beverage bottles. Thousands of marine animals die each year from entanglement in or ingestion of plastic debris that they mistake for food. See this “Plastic Marine Debris: What We Know” FAQ info sheet from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Further resources:

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Environmental Action News

  • UPCOMING PWA EVENTS Summer is in full swing here on the mid-coast and at PWA!  We have several events coming up soon that you won’t want to miss!

     
     
    PUFFIN SUNSET CRUISE – Thursday, July 12th from 7 – 9 pm.  Join us aboard the Hardy Boat to view puffins & … Read more →

  • PUFFINS at SUNSET CRUISE – RESCHEDULED TO JULY 12 Due to the inclement weather that is forecast for June 28, the Puffin Cruise has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 12th 7 pm.
    Join us for our Puffin Cruise aboard the Hardy Boat on Thursday, June 28.  We will board the boat at Shaws Wharf in New … Read more →
  • PARTY ON THE PIER Our signature event, Party on the Pier,  kicks off the 2018 summer season on June 21!  Join us at the Contented Sole on Pemaquid Harbor for a dazzling evening on the Summer Solstice! Returning will be our fabulous silent auction with items and gift certificates … Read more →
  • PADDLE SPORTS USED EQUIPMENT SALE On Saturday, June 16, the Paddlers will host a “Used Paddle Sports Equipment Sale” at the PWA office from 1 – 4 p.m.
    Anyone with used paddle sports equipment is welcome to display and sell their items. Set up your space between 9 and 11 a.m. … Read more →
  • Paddler’s 2018 Schedule is Now Available The 2018 Paddler’s schedule has been posted on our website! Many of you have been anxiously awaiting it, so we want you to know that it has arrived.  There are so many amazing trips planned. Time to start planning your summer! Visit our paddling page PWA Paddlers … Read more →
  • UPCOMING PWA EVENTS Summer is in full swing here on the mid-coast and at PWA!  We have several events coming up soon that you won’t want to miss!

     
     
    PUFFIN SUNSET CRUISE – Thursday, July 12th from 7 – 9 pm.  Join us aboard the Hardy Boat to view puffins & … Read more →

  • PUFFINS at SUNSET CRUISE – RESCHEDULED TO JULY 12 Due to the inclement weather that is forecast for June 28, the Puffin Cruise has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 12th 7 pm.
    Join us for our Puffin Cruise aboard the Hardy Boat on Thursday, June 28.  We will board the boat at Shaws Wharf in New … Read more →
  • PARTY ON THE PIER Our signature event, Party on the Pier,  kicks off the 2018 summer season on June 21!  Join us at the Contented Sole on Pemaquid Harbor for a dazzling evening on the Summer Solstice! Returning will be our fabulous silent auction with items and gift certificates … Read more →
  • PADDLE SPORTS USED EQUIPMENT SALE On Saturday, June 16, the Paddlers will host a “Used Paddle Sports Equipment Sale” at the PWA office from 1 – 4 p.m.
    Anyone with used paddle sports equipment is welcome to display and sell their items. Set up your space between 9 and 11 a.m. … Read more →
  • Paddler’s 2018 Schedule is Now Available The 2018 Paddler’s schedule has been posted on our website! Many of you have been anxiously awaiting it, so we want you to know that it has arrived.  There are so many amazing trips planned. Time to start planning your summer! Visit our paddling page PWA Paddlers … Read more →

Click here for more news stories.

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