Our Oceans Need Your Help! Let Goleta City Council know you support an ordinance to reduce plastic pollution.
Californians use over 14 billion plastic bags every year, and only 3% are recycled. This translates into 150,000 tons of waste going to our landfills or ending up on our beaches, creeks and roadsides as litter. Taxpayers and local governments spend millions of dollars each year to clean up this unsightly litter. Cities and counties across California are taking action to prevent plastic bag pollution by banning disposable plastic shopping bags, and the time has come for Goleta to join the growing effort to address this costly environmental problem.
The Goleta City Council joined a South Coast region-wide effort to assess the environmental impacts of single-use plastic bag bans – the critical first step towards adopting an ordinance – but they expressed concern that Goleta residents may not want a bag ordinance.
Channelkeeper has been a lead advocate for action to reduce disposable bags use on the South Coast since 2008. To date, 88 municipalities in California have adopted single-use bag ordinances to stem the tide of plastic bag pollution, including Carpinteria and Ojai. This fall Santa Barbara adopted a bag ordinance which will become effective for large stores in May 2014. Let’s make sure Goleta also takes action to protect our oceans and marine life by adopting a bag ordinance.
Let Goleta City Council know you support an ordinance to mandate reductions in the use of single-use shopping bags. Send an email or make a personal phone call to Goleta City Councilmembers to let them know you support action.
Goleta City Council Contact Information: Phone: 805-961-7500
Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,
I am concerned about the environmental and economic costs associated with the use of disposable shopping bags. Cities and counties across California and the nation are taking action to prevent plastic bag pollution by banning disposable plastic shopping bags, and I believe the time has come for Goleta to join the growing effort to address this costly environmental problem. I strongly support and urge you to enact a plastic bag ordinance in Goleta as soon as possible.
Thank you for your time and activism! And remember to bring your reusable bags for all your shopping needs!