Long Beach chooses to turn the tide

Last month I wrote a post about the sorrowful amount of trash in our oceans. Well, one coastal city has taken a step towards reducing waste in our oceans. According to a May 19 story by Alexis Petru for Earth911, the City of Long Beach, California has joined the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County by voting to ban plastic bags. The story by Ms. Petru goes on to note the following points:

“The ban goes into effect on Aug. 1 for large grocery stores and pharmacies more than 10,000 square feet or with gross annual sales of $2 million. By Jan. 1, 2012, the ban will apply to smaller grocery stores and pharmacies, drug stores, convenience stores and farmers markets.”

“…the law prohibits retailers from distributing both conventional and compostable plastic bags and requires retailers to charge 10 cents for each paper shopping bag they hand out. The paper bags must contain at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled material and be recyclable through the city’s recycling program.”

“Reusable bags sold by the affected stores must be designed for a minimum of 125 uses and be free of lead, cadmium and other heavy metals.”

“The coastal city estimates that it spends approximately $2.2 million annually in cleanup costs of marine litter such as plastic bags.”

Considering there are currently over six trillion pieces of garbage in the world’s oceans, it is nice to see a large coastal city making a concerted effort to lessen the chances of more plastic waste making its way into the Pacific Ocean along its lovely shoreline. Kudos to Long Beach, California for being a leader in the global effort to reduce plastic waste.

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2 Responses to Long Beach chooses to turn the tide

  1. Charles Ward says:

    Sounds like this serious issue needs a little humor and colour. Have you guys met Fukuro Chan? Its a plastic bag from Japan. Very cute comic strip (in English) and animations.


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