Pollution from single-use plastics harms our planet, our wildlife, and our own health. Much of this pollution comes from plastic items we don't need in our lives at all - from plastic grocery bags to polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) takeout food containers. The plastics project aims to push forward both local and statewide legislation to ban single-use plastic bags. Currently, we are focused on forming key partnerships with other organizations, such as ANJEC and the Plastic Pollution Coalition, & taking action for a state plastics bill to pass through the state Assembly.
Project Coordinator: Purva Bommireddy
Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Class of 2019 (Alum)
April is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, where she received her B.S. in Environmental Policy and spent four years working with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) Student Chapters, a statewide student-run advocacy group training the next generation of grassroots organizers on public interest issues ranging from environmental protection to voter engagement. April began her career in activism as a sophomore at Hightstown High School when she attended the Forward On Climate rally in Washington D.C. to protest building of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Upon entering college, April quickly got involved with NJPIRG Students as an Events Coordinator for the Go Solar campaign; she continued to build her organizing skills by coordinating campaigns for environmental protection, higher education policy, and youth civic engagement. While in college, April began hosting the annual NJ Grassroots Organizing Conference, helped to found the NJ Students Vote Coalition, and founded the NJ Student Sustainability Coalition. She now works as a grants writer with The Public Interest Network, and is excited to continue training and mentoring new youth leaders in NJSSC and beyond.