The mission of the Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network (VPPPN) is to promote and facilitate coordination, collaboration, and communication among groups working to reduce plastic pollution throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

February 2024

Welcome to the Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network (VPPPN).

In this edition:

  • Next Meeting is Tuesday, February 20 at 2 pm: Special Guest- Victor Cregger, Graduate Research Assistant at Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC)
  • CVW's Stormwater and Plastic Pollution Workshop March 13
  • Reduce Plastic Tip of the Month
  • Blog: Microplastics in Protein Products
  • About High Ambition Coalition
  • Va Aquarium Event-Waves of Change Feb 24/25
  • Friends of Dyke Marsh Clean-Up Feb 24 (snow date)
  • Landmark Packaging Law in Cali

February Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network Meeting

The Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network will have a meeting on Zoom on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 (2:00 to 3:30 p.m.) We will be joined by Victor Cregger, Graduate Research Assistant at Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC). He will be sharing information about their microplastics research.

The meeting will be available on zoom:

Zoom Link

CVW's Stormwater and Plastic Pollution Workshop - Register Now

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Clean Virginia Waterways is excited to announce our 7th Stormwater and Plastic Pollution Workshop! The workshop will be held in person on March 13th at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Building (723 Woodlake Dr, Chesapeake, VA 23320). There will be a streaming option for a portion of the workshop.



All attendees should follow this link to register (Google Form). If you are unable to use Google Forms, email Zach Huntington: directly.

To see the workshop's agenda follow this link! Workshop agenda link

Learn More Here

Reduce Plastic Tip of the Month

Kitchen Tip:

Replace plastic scrubbers with eco-friendly versions. Seek out loofah or steel wool.

Microplastics in Protein Products

Concerns All Consumers

New Ocean Conservancy and University of Toronto Trash Team research found microplastics in nearly 90% of protein samples.

This blog was written by Hannah De Frond, Ocean Conservancy Consultant and International Trash Trap Network Coordinator and Madeleine Milne, Ocean Conservancy Consultant and University of Toronto Graduate Student.

Read full blog post here

High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution

We aren't fighting this fight alone!

The High Ambition Coalition to

End Plastic Pollution is committed to develop an ambitious international legally binding instrument based on a comprehensive and circular approach that ensures urgent action and effective interventions along the full lifecycle of plastics.

Their common ambition is to end plastic pollution by 2040. At the outset of the plastic treaty negotiations, they have outlined three strategic goals and seven key deliverables for success in this regard.

Learn More

Waves of Change Environmental Weekend at the

Virginia Aquarium February 24/25


The Surfrider Foundation, Virginia Chapter, and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center are partnering to organize an opportunity for local and regional organizations that have an environmental mission as their primary purpose to come and educate the public on their environmental initiatives.

Saturday's (2/24) events will be geared towards a more mature audience in the North building. Sunday's (2/25) events will be geared towards a younger/family audience in the South building.

Each day, there will be four speakers who will share their organization's current environmental initiatives. There will also be tables set up where organizations can showcase their mission, current events, and other relevant information.

Go HERE for more info rand vendor sign-up 

Friends of Dyke Marsh -Tackle Shoreline Trash and Invasive Plants, February 24 (snow date)

On February 24, 1 to 3 p.m., you can help clean up trash or control invasive plants. This is our rescheduled Martin Luther King Day of Service event, cancelled because of snow.  Register below.

Check in at Belle Haven Park south parking lot or the Haul Road trail bulletin board off Marina Road. We will provide some gloves, tools and trash bags. For both, wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, gloves and sun protection. Bring water. 

Register here

Landmark Packaging Law in California

Act SB 54

Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act SB 54

On June 30, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 54 (Allen, Chapter 75, Statutes of 2022) into law to address the impacts of single-use packaging and plastic food service ware. This landmark packaging law requires that by 2032 California:

CalRecycle released four SB 54 implementation documents on Dec. 28, 2023 read more here

The VPPPN monthly eNewsletter wants

YOUR input! 

If you would like to have your upcoming event (or publication) mentioned in the monthly VPPPN eNewsletter, write a paragraph with the following information, and email it to

Are you reading a book about plastics, environmental justice, ocean sustainability and health or another related topic? What about a podcast series relevant to plastic pollution or marine debris? We want to know so we can share that information with other VPPPN members!

FORMAT: Submissions to the VPPPN monthly eNewsletter must be sent as a Word or Pages document or as text in an e-mail. Word limit: 150. You can also send us a photo, logo, or flyer as a JPG.

CONTENT: Include the title, time, date and place of the event or program, and a phone number (with area code) or e-mail address of a contact person. State if the program is free or has a fee; has an age requirement or other restrictions; or has a registration deadline or welcomes drop-ins. Also include the name of the group sponsoring the event, and a website (if available) for more information. 

Support the

Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network

As our network grows, so do our expenses. Please consider a donation to support the VPPPN if you have found it to be valuable to you. We would appreciate your support of $10, $20 or more. Member organizations that donate $100 or more will have the opportunity to add their logo and website link to our website.

Donations by credit card (Master Card and VISA) can be made using the link below. All donations to support the VPPPN are managed through our partner, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University. THANK YOU! 

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