Jan 23 – Mountain View Targets Plastic Bags and Polystyrene


Submitted by Recycling News on January 23, 2012 - 15:42.

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The City of Mountain View is meeting tonight to discuss drafting a work plan on single-use plastic bag and plastic containers.

The plan will be discussed by city council members and the city’s Environmental Sustainability Committee.  If approved by council, the work plan would be developed during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

CAW expects to see more ordinances against single-use plastics from Mountain View and other nearby local governments in the future. The newly adopted municipal regional stormwater permit requires a zero trash load requirement by the year 2022, and the passage of local plastic bag bans and foamed polystyrene takeout container bans will help reduce trash in waterways while also earning these local jurisdictions credit towards meeting that goal.

For similar reasons, the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, a regional organization comprised of elected official representatives from all 15 cities in the county, recently adopted recommendations to move towards a regional ban of foam food containers. The recommendations were made by Santa Clara County’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission. Read the press release.

Read the Mercury News for more information on the Mountain View work plan.

See our list of local bans on plastic bags and polystyrene containers. Take action against single-use plastic pollution.