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New Year Rings In With Plastic Reductions!

January 02 2013

New Year Rings In With Plastic Reductions!

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2012 saw an increased groundswell of local actions across the county aimed at reducing plastic litter and some of the ordinances took effect on January 1st. Corvallis, OR; Alameda County, CA; Laguna Beach, CA and Barrington, RI all have banned single-use plastic checkout bags at grocery stores. In San Marcos,…

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More Plastic Bag Reduction Efforts

December 18 2012

More Plastic Bag Reduction Efforts

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Last week we covered the groundswell of plastic bag ordinances sweeping through California and this week we are happy to report another international bag ban while legislators on the East Coast are looking to place statewide fees on carryout bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament voted to forbid the…

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Surfrider Foundation Supports Los Angeles County Bag Ban in Court

December 17 2012

Surfrider Foundation Supports Los Angeles County Bag Ban in Court

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Surfrider Foundation, by and through our Los Angeles County Chapters and along with a coalition of environmental groups, filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief in support of Los Angeles County in Schmeer v. Los Angeles County. In this case, the County of Los Angeles is being used…

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Plastic Bag Reduction Week in California!

December 14 2012

Plastic Bag Reduction Week in California!

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This week saw three cities in California move forward with different stages of a plastic checkout bag ban for grocers and retail food stores. After state legislators failed to pass AB 298 this year, the statewide bag ban, it is imperative for cities, towns and counties to continue the groundswell…

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RAP on Openline

October 30 2012

RAP on Openline

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Last month the good folks over at KROQ invited us over to chat about the Rise Above Plastics program and ways to reduce plastic pollution. Check it out here to find out more about Surfrider, Rise Above Plastics and what you can do to help turn the tide on plastic…

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Plastic on Mars and the Arctic Seafloor

October 25 2012

Plastic on Mars and the Arctic Seafloor

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Why are we taking plastic pollution to the ends of the earth and beyond? David Bowie famously asked whether there is Life on Mars but before we can confirm that either way we have managed to litter plastic on the red planet. Meanwhile, a study was recently released showing an…

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Campaign Planning Video

October 22 2012

Campaign Planning Video

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Plan before you ban. When considering plastic bag legislation - or any other campaign with a beginning, middle, and end - we can't underscore enough the importance of campaign planning. Surfrider's Northeast Regional Manager John Weber has seen the good, bad and ugly sides of campaigns over his tenure as…

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Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Foodware!

September 25 2012

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Foodware!

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News stories are circulating stating that Haiti’s government has announced a ban on plastic checkout bags and plastic foam foodware. “This is a logical decision and makes sense,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said. “Importing, manufacturing bio-degradable items will benefit Haiti’s short, mid- and long-term environmental interest.”

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Bag-Related Legislation Comes out of Sacramento

September 20 2012

Bag-Related Legislation Comes out of Sacramento

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

This week California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1219 (Wolk) into law, extending the in-store recycling program for single-use plastic bags. Unlike the former version of this bill AB 2449 (2006), there is no local preemption for municipalities in California that want to require a charge for plastic bags.

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China Gets Tough on Plastic Recycling

September 20 2012

China Gets Tough on Plastic Recycling

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The mantra that big business seems to push is ‘Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!’, but at what cost? Many of the shipping containers that bring us goods from Asia don’t want to head back empty and in 2010 the #1 export from the U.S. to China was ‘Waste and Scrap.’ China recently…

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International Plastic Bag Reductions

September 17 2012

International Plastic Bag Reductions

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Plastic bag restrictions have been enacted in many cities and towns on the West Coast of the U.S. while international plastic bag reductions are picking up speed. There is no solid data on the number of plastic checkout bags used every year but estimates range between 500 billion and 1…

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City of San Francisco Wins Legal Battle over Plastics Industry

September 16 2012

City of San Francisco Wins Legal Battle over Plastics Industry

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The City of San Francisco successfully fended off a suit by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition that challenged their new broader single-use bag ban. This win will likely encourage other cities to stand up to industry scare tactics and enact broad local ordinances.

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Cheap Plastic Keeps Flowing In CA After Legislators Fail To Act

September 04 2012

Cheap Plastic Keeps Flowing In CA After Legislators Fail To Act

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Late last week both of the statewide plastic reduction bills weaving through the California legislature failed last week. While it’s a bummer these plastic litter reduction bills did not pass, it was great to see the efforts of Surfrider Foundation Chapter activists in some of the target districts: San Francisco,…

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Last Call for California

August 27 2012

Last Call for California

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LAST CALL for Californians to take action on supporting two important plastic reduction bills before the legislative session ends on Friday. SB 568 would phase out expanded polystyrene foam foodware statewide and AB 298 would ban plastic checkout bags statewide. These are two of the most prolific litter items found…

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Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

August 22 2012

Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

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There are just nine days left in the California legislative session, which means just nine days left for bills to be passed before going to the Governor for final approval. Two groundbreaking plastic pollution reduction bills are weaving through the Capitol in Sacramento and need your support to pass! It's…

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Two Plastic Reduction Victories in Santa Cruz

July 25 2012

Two Plastic Reduction Victories in Santa Cruz

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Last night the Santa Cruz City Council gave their final approval on a plastic bag ban and expanded their existing foam foodware ban to include most disposable retail items made from EPS foam. The Surfrider Foundation Santa Cruz Chapters was one of the first to focus on plastic pollution issues…

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Illinois, Massachusetts and California Plastic Bills

July 24 2012

Illinois, Massachusetts and California Plastic Bills

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Three states have four big bills regarding plastic pollution in play and your help is needed! It's easy, all you have to do is pick up the phone and make a call, then sign and share an online action alert.

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More Evidence Plastic Bag Legislation Works

July 23 2012

More Evidence Plastic Bag Legislation Works

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Plastic bag legislation is relatively new but the results are coming in shows them to be effective in reducing plastic bags with little resistance from consumers. Recent reports from Long Beach, CA, Sunnyvale, CA and Quebec Province in Canada all show positive results. Whether it's a plastic checkout bag ban…

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Illinois Call To Action - Prevent A Bad Bag Bill

May 30 2012

Illinois Call To Action - Prevent A Bad Bag Bill

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June 4th Update: IL SB 3442 bill thinly passed the House and State Senate so it now sits on the Governor's desk for final approval or veto. Ask Governor Quinn to veto this horrible bill by signing our action alert TODAY!

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LA and SB Move Forward with Plastic Bag Bans!

May 23 2012

LA and SB Move Forward with Plastic Bag Bans!

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The Los Angeles and Santa Barbara City Councils each voted this week to move forward with plans to ban plastic checkout bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and similar retailers within each of their respective city limits. Both cities have held a series of public hearings on the issue and…

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