Actions to Reduce Plastic Pollution

December 1, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Speaker: Moderator: Richard Anthony • Speakers: Michelle DeHaven, Pål Mårtensson, Lori Mendez

Times are listed in Pacific Standard Time

Anthropogenic debris that litters the oceans often begins in rivers and streams. The EPA estimates that 80% of oceanic debris originates from rivers, streams and other waterways that flow through urban areas. Efforts to reduce litter in waterways to protect river and ocean environments are difficult because determining the amount and source of the litter is challenging. This panel will discuss approaches for identifying the amounts and sources of litter, reducing plastic pollution through redesign, and keeping our waterways clean through Zero Waste education and advocacy.

Moderator: Richard Anthony, Zero Waste International Alliance


  • Michelle DeHaven, Program Manager, Environmental Finance Center at Wichita State University, Trash Free Waters: From Midwest Rivers To Our Oceans
  • Pål Mårtensson, Mentor, Let’s Do It World, Keep It Clean Campaigns
  • Lori Mendez, Board Member, Save the Albatross, Grassroots Actions for Redesign