May 17 - Santa Barbara Considers Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Food Packaging Ban

In an effort to lessen Santa Barbara's contribution to marine debris pollution, City Council Members are considering a joint ban on food packaging polystyrene and plastic retail bags. The ordinance was urged by a group of college students, who presented to the city council the dangers of marine debris and plastic toxicity.

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Both plastic bags and foamed polystyrene food packaging are light weight and easily blown into waterways where they present a choking hazard to wildlife. Many coastal areas that have federally-imposed "impaired waterways" already spend millions annually removing marine debris. The vast majority of marine debris is plastic.

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