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South Hills forum will explore ‘The Problem with Plastics’

Patrick Varine
In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, a man walks on a mountain of plastic bottles as he carries a sack of them to be sold for recycling after weighing them at the dump in the Dandora slum of Nairobi, Kenya. As the world meets again to tackle the growing threat of climate change, how the continent tackles the growing solid waste produced by its more than 1.2 billion residents, many of them eager consumers in growing economies, is a major question in the fight against climate change. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

The Izaak Walton League of America’s Allegheny County chapter will host an April 30 forum that will explore personal and political solutions to the issues plastics recycling has begun to present.

“The Problem With Plastics and What We Can Do About It” is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills, 1240 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon.

According to a 2018 United Nations report, 90.5 percent of the plastic waste generated in the world has not been recycled. And, as plastic in the environment breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, chemical compounds like Bisphenol A leach into streams and rivers, where fish mistake it for food, and it contaminates drinking water supplies.

Speakers at the forum will include University of Pittsburgh professor Nick Coles and activist Dianne Peterson.

There is no cost to attend and the forum is open to the public.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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