November 09 2016
The Surfrider Foundation applauds the historic passage of Proposition 67, which upholds the nation’s first statewide plastic bag ban in California. After the political maneuvering of out-of-state big plastic companies, the California bag ban was put to the vote in yesterday’s landmark election. California citizens have approved with finality the statewide bag ban, which will go into effect immediately. The bag ban will reduce plastic pollution, decrease the amount of plastic litter in our communities, and protect our ocean, beaches and marine ecosystems.
The Surfrider Foundation was part of a broad and diverse coalition of hundreds of small businesses, environmental and labor organizations, local grocery stores, public health organizations, community leaders, newspapers and elected officials—including Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, and over 175 Mayors and Councilmembers—from throughout California who joined together in support of YES on Prop 67.
“This is a major victory for the health of our environment, protection of marine life and battle against plastic pollution,” said Angela Howe, Legal Director for the Surfrider Foundation. “As a result of the extensive efforts of our incredible network of volunteers and numerous groups who have worked together to get the word out to support ‘Yes on 67,’ the California bag ban will help to ensure healthier oceans, waves and beaches for future generations.”
After six years of advocacy to the California state legislature, a bill to ban plastic bags was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014. The big plastics industry poured more than $6 million dollars into fighting the bag ban and stalled the implementation of the bill for over 16 months by adding it to this year’s November ballot as Proposition 67. The California voting public has now put into action the statewide bag ban to properly address plastic litter that is impacting the ocean at alarming rates for healthy coasts for the future.
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 500,000 supporters, activists and members, with more than 80 volunteer-led chapters and 60 clubs in the U.S., and more than 350 victories protecting our coasts. Learn more at surfrider.org.