The City of Palm Springs is joining a growing worldwide movement to reduce single-use plastics as part of “Plastics Free July,” a worldwide initiative to bring attention to the growing problem of plastics in our environment.

At the City Council Meeting on June 25th, the City announced it will be installing more touchless water fillers at city facilities to reduce single-use plastic water bottles; working with Palm Springs Disposal Services to educate residents about the problems with putting recyclables in plastic bags; and ending the suspension of the ban on single-use plastic bags consistent with State direction.

The City is encouraging residents to do what they can to take part in this important initiative by doing at least one thing during the month of July to reduce their use of single-use plastics. Some ideas include:

  • Say “No Thanks!” to disposable plastic food ware when ordering take out.
  • Use more reusable food storage ware to limit or eliminate use of plastic bags and plastic wraps.
  • Replace plastic utensils, cups and other disposable food ware at work with reusable alternatives.
  • Support businesses that have made the switch away from plastic straws.

    Check out the website at and the City’s Sustainability website for more information.