Plastic Pollution in Santa Monica will take a major hit on January 25nd, 2011 if a city-wide ordinance banning single-use plastic bags passes. Team Marine has been waiting for a ban on the single-use plastic bag for many years, but one has always been put down or postponed by the Council members of the City of Santa Monica. There is positive speculation that Santa Monica’s Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance will pass through the Council and be enacted. With this ban, all businesses in Santa Monica will be prohibited from providing single-use plastic bags, and will have to put a fee on single-use paper bags. The goal is to encourage the residents and visitors of Santa Monica to convert to sustainable, reusable bags.
Join Team Marine and many other Eco-Beasts from all over Southern California at 5:30pm at:
CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 1685 MAIN STREET
Office of Sustainability and Environment:
Single-use plastic bags contribute to:
- increased litter (including storm drain, marine and beach pollution), that persists in the environment for decades
- green house gas emissions
- Santa Monica’s residents and other taxpayers pay the clean-up costs and landfill fees