Solana Beach is taking “alarming” action Wednesday and needs our respectful presence and active support in joining other thoughtful cities around the globe which have banned single-use plastic bags. The Solana Beach City Council will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, 6pm at the Solana Beach City Hall, located at 635 South Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075, for the proposed plastic bag reduction ordinance.
A growing list of cities have taken similar actions to reduce production and use of single-use plastic bags.
Surfers, swimmers, fishermen and boaters know of these ominous and highly notorious pollutants in our litter stream. Plastic bags are too easily and too often seen stuck in kelp or high up in tree limbs, or floating away on the air and in water.
A key fact to know is how each bag will “live forever”. Many are likely to travel long distances while never fully breaking down, eventually entering the food chain while breaking off smaller and smaller pieces to be consumed by equally tiny creatures along the way. In fact, it is the science and research being conducted in this area which is causing most of the alarm.
So, perhaps an all out ban or at least a hefty tax on single-use plastic bags makes sense. They work. Any fellow volunteers who participate in annual beach cleanups over the many years know, the ban on ‘butts on the beach has significantly helped limit another dangerous and common beach pollutant. When you get down it, it’s all petroleum, right?
HOW TO HELP
Please show your support for this proposed Solana Beach ordinance simply by attending the hearing of the Solana Beach City Council and giving your own public comment in support of the Rise Above Plastics campaign from Surfrider.org
It is an opportunity to establish something meaningful, as Americans are consuming about one hundred BILLION plastic bags a year. Think about it. I mean, managing all those plastic bags is costly! California spends $25 million annually to landfill discarded plastic bags, and public agencies spend more than $300 million annually in litter cleanup.
Join others who wish to demonstrate sensible support by attending this public hearing on the proposed plastic bag reduction ordinance.