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Jesse Moya/Taos News

Plastic fills the walls of a new structure built by members of TiLT. An offshoot of the group will be constructing more walls around the Questa area.

Everyday, people throw away tons of "stuff." All of this waste not only clogs our landfills and litters our streets, but it also washed into our rivers and oceans, where it can harm wildlife. While the ocean may be 900 miles away, most ocean-bound plastic waste travels through our rivers and tributary systems, putting freshwater habitats at risk as well as marine habitats. Studies suggest that our major rivers and lakes are just as polluted as our oceans.

To reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our water, environment and landfills, we need to dramatically reduce the amount of single-use plastic handed to consumers every day. To this end [New Mexico Public Interest Group] is urging the University of New Mexico to commit to moving toward zero waste by signing the Break Free from Plastic Pledge.

Nothing we use for 10 minutes should be allowed to pollute our lands and waters for hundreds of years. We need to remember the first R in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and stop handing out single-use plastics altogether.

Alexa Moore

Taos

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