Monday, Feb. 26, the Malibu City Council voted in support of the ban due to concerns about the environmental impact of plastic. This ban is also an effort to preserve and prevent the polluting of their famous, tourist-attracting beaches and marine life.
(photo clip from a video of plastic straw suck in the nose of a turtle. Click HERE to view video)
The bill takes effect June 1, giving restaurants and food vendors until then to make the change to items made of paper, wood or bamboo.
Craig George, the city's environmental sustainability director told the Los Angels Times, “This is a community based on its ocean and beaches and we want to protect those.”
City Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal told the Washington Post, “If people could see all the plastics that we find on a daily basis, I think everyone would be supportive of this ban.”
This bill is the next step in Malibu’s effort to promote ocean conservation. The town has had a plastic shopping bag ban since 2008.
4Ocean has dedicated itself to conserving the ocean and beaches with year-round beach cleanups and dives as well as a fleet of boats on the ocean seven days a week pulling trash. In addition to removing trash, our team is always helping to fight to fight against single-use plastics and encourage everyone to use reusable alternatives instead.
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Our latest shoreline cleanup at Matheson Hammock proved just how much trash can become trapped in mangroves habitats. With hundreds of participants at the cleanup, it is no wonder we collected over 5,000 pounds of trash and recyclables!