Los Angeles

Plastic Straws & Utensils Only Upon Request in Los Angeles!

Active | September 12 2018

Plastic Pollution

Surfrider LA and Surfrider South Bay chapters are encouraging the Los Angeles City Council to pass ordinances requiring restaurants to provide plastic straws and utensils to-go only upon request.

The City of Los Angeles has an enormous opportunity to address a major source of pollution in our communities, waterways, and coastlines by adopting Council Members Martinez and O’Farrell’s Plastic Straw Upon Request Ordinance along with the accompanying Plastic Utensils Upon Request Ordinance by Council Member Blumenfield. With an estimated 10 million metric tons of plastic entering our ocean annually, the global plastic pollution pandemic is not something we can clean ourselves out of.

The solutions lie in source reduction and consumer awareness which both proposed ordinances directly target. Given the City of Los Angeles’ ambitious waste management goals, we need to take bold steps to curb our single-use plastic consumption while encouraging businesses and consumers to adopt habits that support healthy communities and a clean environment.

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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