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Launch Date: March 01 2011 Completion Date: August 31 2012 Status: Loss
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Plastics, especially 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. In order to protect our California coastal resources from this rampant form of plastic litter our Rise Above Plastics program is prioritizing this bill in 2012 and Surfrider Foundation is a co-sponsor. Our California coasts are valuable drivers of a tourism industry worth billions of dollars and thousands of jobs in our state. It is important to have sound policies to keep our beaches clean and maintain healthy ecosystems. In fact, over 50 local jurisdictions in California (and counting!) have already seen the importance of this action and banned polystyrene foam take out ware.
9/1/12 UPDATE: SB 568 fails to pass, more info on the Coastal Blog. The California State Senate passed SB 568 in 2011 and it needs to be voted on by the State Assembly by August 31st, 2012. This bill would phase out expanded polystyrene (EPS) food and drink containers at restaurants statewide by 2015. Please tell your State Assemblymember to support this bill to clean up our beaches and support sustainable foodware products by phasing out the use of foam containers by restaurants and other food vendors.