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The Plastics Collaborative

Fostering a sustainable future by reducing single-use plastics in the greater Pittsburgh region

What is the Plastics Collaborative?

The Plastics Collaborative (PC) initiative under Humane Action Pittsburgh (HAP) is dedicated to fostering a sustainable future by reducing single-use plastics in the greater Pittsburgh region. Our dynamic network comprises representatives from diverse sectors, including community groups, nonprofits, businesses, and local governments. Our focus extends beyond Pittsburgh, encompassing a commitment to environmental justice and equity. As we progress, PC is enthusiastic about continuing to drive positive change. We aim to reduce the use of single-use plastics in Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities. With a keen eye on environmental justice, we strive to create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

Our Strategic Plan

How the Plastics Collaborative plans to achieve a more sustainable future in the greater Pittsburgh region

Innovative Technology

Identify where smart technology can reduce single-use plastics by collaborating with local universities and organizations.

Public Awareness

Conduct engaging events to raise awareness about the impact of single-use plastics on our environment.

Business Partnerships

Collaborate with local businesses to identify and implement opportunities for reducing single-use plastics

Expanded Policy

Build on the momentum of Pittsburgh’s Plastic Bag Ban to identify other policy opportunities throughout Western PA.

Pittsburgh Bag Plastic Ban

In an effort to promote a cleaner and more sustainable community by reducing the use of single-use plastics, the City of Pittsburgh unanimously passed a Plastic Bag Ban in April 2022.

As of October 14th, 2023, all retail establishments (grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, big box stores, etc.) operating within the City of Pittsburgh are prohibited from providing a single-use plastic bag or a non-recycled paper bag to a customer at checkout or through delivery.

Retailers were given a grace period to draw down their existing plastic bag inventory until January 1st, 2024. This grace period has ended and retailers are expected to no longer provide plastic carryout bags to customers.

Calculate how much plastic bag waste affects your area

What you can do to help us reduce single-use plastics

Pittsburgh Business Reporting Form

Let us know about businesses in the Pittsburgh region that are not adhering to the single-use plastic bag ban!

Humane Action Pittsburgh Campaigns

To learn about other initiatives visit other related campaigns partnered with the Plastics Collaborative

No Plastic Please

Empowers individuals and communities to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic to reduce the suffering of all


Nurdles are a very small pellet of plastic which serves as raw material in the manufacture of plastic products. Click above to learn how the Plastics Collaborative is engaged

Reimagine Takeout

HAP’s Reimagine Takeout initiative is working to help local restaurants replace harmful plastic takeout containers with compostable or reusable alternatives.