Yes on Prop 67
2016 ELECTION DAY RESULTS Nov. 8th
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It's Been A Long Bag Battle!
After years of intense lobbying by the Surfrider Foundation and other Environmental preservation organizations, on August 31 2014 the California State Assembly passed Senateted Bill 270. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill effectively making California the first state in U.S. to ban single use plastic bags at most retailers statewide.
The law was to take effect in July of 2015; but due to corporate interest led by APBA "American Progressive Bag Alliance" SB- 270 was suspended.
The Importance of the Bag Ban:
• Plastics comprise up to 90% of floating marine debris.
• Plastics do not biodegrade, but instead break down into small particles that persist in the ocean, absorb toxins, and enter our food chain through fish, sea birds and other marine life.
• Plastic bags are problematic in the litter stream because they float easily in the air and water, traveling long distances and never fully breaking down in water.
• It is estimated that Americans go through about 100 billion plastic bags a year, or 360 bags per year for every man, woman and child in the country.
The devastating truth about plastic bag consumption & where it all ends up. Take the pledge today to no longer contribute & help spread the word on how we can all make a difference. Every vote matters!
Employing various professional marketing firms; a small army of solicitors were sent through-out California in order to collect enough signatures from registered voters to effectively suspend our law. These were not volunteer activists on the other side of this issue, but were paid signature gatherers collecting as much as
three to four dollars per verified signature.
Californians throw away 123,000 tons of plastic bags each year, and too many of them end up as litter in our ocean. Today, there are 100 million tons of trash in the North Pacific Gyre; in some parts of the Pacific, plastic outweighs plankton 6 to 1.
"We can stop the waste!"
The Surfrider Foundation has always maintained a policy of no affiliation with any political party, endeavoring only to act as an advocate on issues concerning public and environmental welfare based on scientific fact.
Distribution of the single-use plastic bag through California's vast retail network has been scientifically identified as one of the worst sources of plastic pollution contaminating on our environment - particularly our oceans.
California has the largest population density of the entire west coast combined in the U.S. so it's not hard to see why our vote matters significantly in the overall change for our planet's well-being.
THANK YOU FOR VOTING YES ON PROP 67!
YOU'RE A TRUE 'BAN THE BAG ACTIVIST" ("BAN-TIVIST")
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CALIFORNIA PROP 67 BAG BAN WON!
Single-Use Plastic Bags will be banned in California!
The approval of Proposition 67 prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single–use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags for a minimum of 10 cents.