The US Interior Department, which helps oversee the country's national parks, will phase out single-use plastics on its land and facilities by 2032. It will seek alternatives to disposable plastics for cutlery, bags, cups, bottles, straws, and food containers. "As the steward of the nation's public lands, including national parks and national wildlife refuges, and as the agency responsible for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats, we are uniquely positioned to do better for our Earth," said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced in the US each year, with 14 million tons ending up in the ocean. "Plastic pollution threatens food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change," the agency said as it marked World Oceans Day.

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