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Plastic straws are one of the many single-use plastics that litter beaches, pollute oceans and harm wildlife. To preserve natural resources and keep Florida’s environment free of pollutants, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection encourages Florida residents and visitors to reduce their plastic use and “Skip the Straw.” Residents, schools and businesses can pledge to Skip the Straw for one week. If every person in Florida took this pledge, we could together reduce pollution from plastic straws by approximately 2.35 million. Challenge your friends now to help end single-use plastic pollution in Florida.

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10 Reasons to Skip the Straw and Marine Debris Fact Sheets
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Skip the Straw pledge cards for students and information on plastic pollution and recycling
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DEP encourages Florida residents to reduce overall waste, recycle and participate in cleanups throughout the year.
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Downloadable resources for partners to share on web and social media
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The Rethink. Reset. Recycle initiative aims to decrease recycling contamination and encourage proper curbside recycling techniques.
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DEP is responsible for promoting and monitoring statewide recycling and waste reduction programs.
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