March 15, 2011

The Final Step to Ban the Bag in SC County: Please Submit Your Comments in Support Today!



Take Action to ensure the single-use plastic bag ban is passed in Santa Cruz County!

TODAY is the deadline for submitting formal comments in support of Santa Cruz County's ban on single-use plastic bags, or the Single-Use Bag Reduction Ordinance. Please take a moment to send your support!

Our sample letter is below. Please fax you support letter or comments today to (831) 454-2385.

Because we are expecting negative comments from the plastic industry, it would be incredibly helpful to have as many comments in support of the bag ban as possible. Your comments do not need to be a full letter of support, but please feel free to use the format of our sample letter below:

March 15, 2011

Matt Johnston
Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
FAX (831) 454-2385

RE: Comments supporting the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Santa Cruz County Single Use Bag Ordinance

Dear Mr. Johnston:

I am writing on behalf of (your name or organization) to give my/our full support for Santa Cruz County’s single use bag reduction ordinance. I am in strong support of the efforts throughout California to establish local bag bans to protect our marine resources because plastic bags negatively affects marine life and can be deadly when plastic bags enter The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The county’s ordinance addresses the need to move to toward reusable bags by banning plastic bags and placing a fee on paper bags so that the community will be encouraged to bring their own bags to the store. The county’s ordinance also targets all retail stores and restaurants which makes it a comprehensive and effective ban.

It is my hope that you move forward with the ordinance as it is written and that it is put in place as soon as possible.
Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
________________________

Address and FAX to:

Matt Johnston
Santa Cruz County
(831) 454-3201
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
FAX (831) 454-2385


Thank you for Taking Action for our oceans!

After the County of Santa Cruz passes their Single-Use Bag Reduction Ordinance, the City of Santa Cruz and Capitola will soon follow. The cities in Monterey County will follow, the County of Monterey will follow, and so on and so forth. It is critical that Santa Cruz County moves forward to pass this ordinance swiftly and will full support of local residents as well as those who simply visit the Monterey Bay area to enjoy it's many natural treasures.

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