Los Angeles

Santa Monica Plastics Reduction

Victory | August 14 2018

Plastic Pollution

On August 14, 2018, the Santa Monica City Council approved a revision to the 2007 Nonrecyclable Plastic Food Service Container Ordinance to expand plastics banned to include all single-use plastics for prepared foods! This includes straws, utensils, plates, bowls, trays, containers, stirrers, lids plugs, cups, and lids.

Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles Chapter rallied to help support this milestone legislation by generating public support for the ordinance and speaking at City Council meetings. The City Council vote aligns with the City's sustainability goals and longstanding commitment to the environment, which includes a goal to achieve zero waste through diversion, composting and recycling by 2030. The ordinance requirements will go into effect January 1, 2019. For additional information and resources on this ordiance visit the City of Santa Monica website.

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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