Plastic Free July 2021

Are you ready to make a difference in plastic pollution? Join the Plastic Free July movement! Recology Sonoma Marin and Zero Waste Sonoma are offering four exciting ways for you to participate this July 2021.

Thank you to all who participated in our first Plastic Free July! Keep up the great work of refusing, reducing, and reusing, and advocating for policies that will hold producers responsible!

1. Make the Pledge

Visit and find the “Take the Challenge” button in the upper right corner. Fill out the pledge, and receive inspiring ideas to help you on your plastic free journey.

Check out other ways to reduce plastic from Plastic Free July

2. Plan a Cleanup Event

Organize a beach or river clean up with friends and family! You will make a big difference by removing plastics from our local wildlife habitat. Download the Clean Swell app to record your clean up (or snap a picture of you with your bag of trash) and present your proof at the Zero Waste Sonoma table at the “Story Of Plastic” screening on July 30th to win a prize!

3. Attend a Webinar

Wondering where to start phasing out plastic? Join us for an educational virtual webinar on July 19th from 12:00 -1:00 PM where we will have local zero waste experts share their expertise and answer your questions.

Recology Sonoma Marin
– Emily Harris
Zero Waste Sonoma
– Sloane Pagal
Green Mary / Good Werks
– Mary Munat
Refill Madness
– Jana Wang
Heritage Alchemy
– Brianna Hanson
AB 939 Local Task Force on Integrated Waste Management - Liz Bortolotto

Questions, Tips, Links and Contact Info Shared in the Webinar


4. July 30th Film Screening: "Story of Plastic"

Bring your own lounge chairs or a blanket and join us on July 30th at the SOMO Village Courtyard in Rohnert Park for an outdoor screening of "Story of Plastic." Doors will open at 7:00pm for time to connect with businesses and organizations that support Zero Waste, and the movie will begin at 8:20pm. Families welcome, but please leave pets at home.

PLEASE NOTE: No outside food or drinks are permitted at this event, but you can make a dinner reservation at Sally Tomatoes and purchase beverages at the bar inside. Guest can certainly bring their reusable water bottles to the event.

Participating Businesses & Organizations:

Zero Waste Sonoma
Recology Sonoma Marin
Conservation Corps North Bay
Refill Madness
World Centric
350 Petaluma
Soluna Outreach Solutions
Sonoma County Regional Parks

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The Story of Plastic is a searing expose, uncovering the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling. Different from every other plastic documentary you’ve seen, The Story of Plastic presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it. From the extraction of fossil fuels and plastic disposal to the global resistance fighting back, The Story of Plastic is a life changing film depicting one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

The webinar above was put together by a group of volunteers with expertise in the field of Zero Waste, called Zero Waste Petaluma. Learn about the industry of plastic and it’s impact on our environment. The panel discussion, which took place on August 28, 2020, included the City of Petaluma, Recology, Zero Waste Sonoma, and Renewable Sonoma.

Links discussed throughout the webinar:
Who’s my hauler
Recology Hauler
WhatBin search tool
Zero Waste Sonoma
Sonoma Garbage Collectors
Zero Waste during pandemic
Zero Waste Lifestyle
Story of Stuff Project
Break Free from Plastic
Loop program
Update on Styrofoam & single use ban ordinance adoption across Sonoma County
Conscious Container

Download, Print, and Display the Flyer at Your Business!


This Plastic Free July effort is made possible by a collaboration between Zero Waste Sonoma & Recology Sonoma Marin