Park Over Plastic

Plastics are harming our waters. 
We're over it, aren't you?

Every day we see the damage that plastics have on local wildlife and habitat in the Hudson River. Hudson River Park is taking steps to fight plastic pollution. And, you can help, too!

Park Over Plastic is an initiative among Park staff, vendors, and community members like you to help reduce our plastic footprint and improve the health of the Hudson River. 

Globally, plastics are threatening the health of our waterways.

  • Since the 1950s, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced and virtually every piece ever made still exists in some shape or form
  • Almost 2 million single-use plastic bags are distributed around the world every minute
  • Globally, 73% of beach litter is plastic debris such as beverage bottles, styrofoam and fishing equipment
  • Nearly 22,000 pieces of plastics have been counted, categorized and removed from Hudson River Park’s shoreline since 2015
  • By 2050, there will be more pieces of plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight)
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What we're doing in HRPK

Park Over Plastic is a growing alliance of Park staff, vendors, and community members to decrease plastic pollution in the Park and educate on the impacts of plastic in the Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary waters. Here are our top priorities for 2019:

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  • Increase drinking fountains with bottle fillers
  • Increase recycling bins
  • Discontinue the distribution of single-use water bottles at Park events
  • Reduce single-use products and packaging across Park vendors through the Green Partnership program
  • Continue research on the concentration and impacts of plastics in the Hudson River Estuary
  • Involve and educate our local community on plastic pollution through public programs, school field trips and volunteer shoreline cleanups

  Park Over Plastic News

  • Community Conversations: HRPK’s Estuary Lab hosted a teacher training with educators from the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum focused on microplastics. Read more!
  • Expanded Research: We expanded education programs and outreach on plastic pollution.
  • Sustainable Initiatives: HRPK's partnership with Coca-Cola is helping take meaningful strides to reduce single-use plastic by changing out plastic bottles in the vending machines with cans.
  • Green Tip of the Week: Check out our ultimate holiday green guide to find out the best ways you can minimize plastic use during this festive time of the year.  

Below you’ll find ways to get involved & learn more. Be a part of our #ParkOverPlastic #SingleUseless community: