The Plastic Free Waters Partnership (PFWP) is a collaboration across the public, higher education, nonprofit and private sectors with the goal of reducing plastic and microplastic debris in all waterbodies primarily in the New York/New Jersey region.  The partnership drives the latest research, policies, and education to implement strategies that protect our waters, health, and wildlife.

The Problem

Plastic is everywhere—from the synthetic compounds used in our clothes and personal care products to the single-use bags we discard on a daily basis—and it is directly affecting the health of our local waterways. Plastic marine pollution endangers over 1,200 species by ingestion or entanglement. Plastics take on additional toxicity in the marine environment, readily adsorbing persistent organic pollutants that are biomagnified as they make their way up the food chain.  By 2050, in a business as usual scenario, there will be more plastic than fish by weight.  This has possible impacts on human health, and contributes to the growing public health concern of exposure to environmental toxins found in plastics.

Partners & Participants

Government participation is not an endorsement of Plastic Free Waters Partnership activities.
Adventure Scientists | Alliance for a Living Ocean | American Littoral Society | Association of NJ Environmental Commissions | Bronx River Alliance & SWIM | Cafeteria Culture | Citizens Campaign for the Environment | Clean Ocean Action | Clean Shore Corps | Clean Water Action | Clean Water Fund | Coney Island Beautification Project, Inc | Eunomia Research & Consulting | Future City Inc | Hackensack Riverkeeper | Hudson River Foundation/NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program | Hutchinson River Restoration Project (HRRP) | IEC/ NEIWPCC | Jenkinson’s Aquarium | Movers, Not Shakers! | National Parks Conservation Association | NJ Department of Environmental Protection | New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and RecyclingNY Water Resources Institute | NY/NJ Baykeeper | NYC H2ONYC Soil & Water Conservation District | Partnerships for Parks | Peconic Estuary Program | Product Stewardship Institute | Onondaga County Dept. of Water Environment Protection |Reefill | Riverkeeper | Rockaway Waterfront Alliance | Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean | Rutgers University | SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry | Surfrider Foundation | Surfrider NYC | The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey | Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center | Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New SchoolWest 80s Neighborhood Association | Love Your Street Tree Day | 5Gyres | Testing Our Waters | Long Beach Township, NJ |Barnegat Bay PartnershipPlastic Free New JerseyUS Environmental Protection Agency |