February 25, 2010

Plastic Bag Ban Advances for Santa Cruz County!

On Tuesday night, SOS staff member Emily attended the Santa Cruz City Council meeting to speak on behalf of the Santa Cruz County plastic bag ban. She brought the, now famous, picture of the sea otter pup stuck in a plastic bag in Elkhorn Slough along with others pictures like the one below of animals becoming entangled in plastic bags and told the council about the harm plastic bags can do when they end up in the ocean.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel published a story on the council meeting, Emily quoted our beach cleanup data, "from June 2007 to December 2009, the organization's volunteers collected a total of 16,483 plastic bags -- including retail and trash bags -- from the county's coastal areas and rivers from Watsonville to Boulder Creek."

The council had a unanimous vote in favor of the ban and approved the process of writing an ordinance. The only thing standing in our way now is the ACC (American Chemistry Council) who has sued other cities who have adopted such a ban.

Save Our Shores is drafting up the ordinance and we hope to have it ready to present, fittingly, by Earth Day this year. But we still need your support! Click here to sign our online petitions for plastic bag bans.

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