Rise Above Plastics

Aliso Viejo Plastic Bag and Foam Foodware Ban

The South Orange County Chapter is working with local high school students to petition the Aliso Viejo City Council to consider a carryout bag ordinance that would ban plastic bags and place a small fee on recycled content paper bags at most local stores. In addition, City Council should follow the lead of other Orange County cities that are banning expanded polystyrene foodware at restaurants because of the impact of littered foam. Single-use plastic bags and foam food ware represent two of the greatest environmental catastrophes of our generation. It is estimated that 60-80% of all debris in the ocean is plastic, and 80% of plastic in the ocean is land-based. Plastics take hundreds of years to break down at sea and most types never truly biodegrade. As a result, marine animals often get entangled in the debris or mistake it for food. Plastics, especially expanded polystyrene foam, easily break into small pieces which are difficult to clean up off our beaches. It is consumed by wildlife and has also been linked to toxins and carcinogens which can leach out from the product. Please ask the Aliso Viejo City Council to be a leader in Orange County by considering and passing a ban on plastic bags and expanded polystyrene foam foodware.

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  • Chapter:South Orange County
  • State: CA
  • Country: USA
  • Theme: Rise Above Plastics
  • Launch Date: January 03 2012
  • Completion Date: Ongoing

South OC Chapter Contact: Denise Erkeneff  denisedd@cox.net