HBCF Debate On Plastic Bag Usage Heats Up | 12/16/2014

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I have put together this piece for the residents of Huntington Beach and anyone else interested in learning about California's single use plastic bag ban. There is very heated debate going on regarding this ban and I wanted to get down to it and mix it up with those who are opposed to it. While my opinion is not the most popular one, it is my goal to not only inform the residents of what I have learned along my journey. But to also listen, I mean really listen to their concerns and try to find some common ground. Please feel free to check out the sources provided below and come to your own conclusion about what is really best for us and our kids future. Cheers!

Interesting Fact

3000 hours of labor costs the tax payers $25,000.00 - On average Coastal Playground 50/50® and The Surfrider Foundation clock well over 1000 hours of service with our community organizing every month! (Figures according to CA State Parks)

Coastal Playground Year To Date Figures (Updated 04/29/2015)

BEACH CLEANUPS: 53

TRASH REMOVED: 6923lbs

MONEY DONATED: $3212.00

VOLUNTEERS EDUCATED ON COASTAL CONSERVATION: 8719

VOLUNTEER HOURS: 17,438

CA TAX DOLLARS SAVED: $145,316.67

Huntington Beach Municpal Code

5.95.040 Regulation of Recyclable Paper Carryout Bags
A. Any store that provides a recyclable paper carryout bag to a customer must charge the customer $0.10
for each bag provided, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
B. No store shall rebate or otherwise reimburse a customer any portion of the $0.10 charge required in subsection A of this section, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
C. All stores must indicate on the customer receipt the number of recyclable paper carryout bags provided and the total amount charged for the bags.
D. All monies collected by a store under this chapter will be retained by the store and may be used only for the following purposes:
1. Costs associated with complying with the requirements of this chapter;
2. Actual costs of providing recyclable paper carryout bags; or
3. Costs associated with a store’s educational materials or education campaign encouraging the use of reusable bags, if any.

For The Bag Ban

Video:  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/environment/a...

NOAA:  http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/plastic.html

Inhanbit: http://inhabitat.com/scripps-study-shows-plastic-i...

Scripps: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/1928

California Coastal Commission -  http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/extinct.htm...

5 Gyres -  http://5gyres.org/what_is_the_issue/the_problem/

Orange County Register:   http://www.ocregister.com/articles/oceans-644921-...

ABC News:  http://abcnews.go.com/International/startling-imag...

Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/10/tons-of-p...

The Guardian:  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/10...

California Recycles: http://www.cawrecycles.org/

How bags are made:  http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=34&t=6

Huntington Beach: http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/depar...

Surfrider:  http://hsbsurfrider.org/programs/ban-the-bag/

Tree Hugger:  http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/excellent-infographic-shows-why-we-must-say-no-plastic.html

Take Part:  http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/12/10/worlds-...

Neutral

How Stuff Works: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/gr...

Fox And Hound: http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2014/12/dog-days...

Against The Bag Ban

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opXS6SXMjxs&feature=youtu.be

CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102051083

Eco Myth Alliance: http://www.ecomythsalliance.org/2014/05/myth-pape...

National Review: http://m.nationalreview.com/corner/389294/why-cal...

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