Rise Above Plastics

Judge OKs Marin’s Plastic Bag Ban

On September 27th Marin Superior Court Judge, Lynn Duryee, rejected assertions that Marin’s bag ban violated environmental rules and instead embraced the ban as a reasonable decision by a local government, and thus ruled that Marin officials do not have to prepare an environmental impact report.

Marin Supervisors in January – in a move championed by the late Charles McGlashan – unanimously approved a measure that beginning January 2012 will ban plastic bags at checkout stands and impose a five cent fee on paper bags at retail markets in the county’s unincorporated areas. Similar to the ban Fairfax has already enacted. The plastics industry under the front of  “Save the Plastic Bag Coalition” challenged Marin’s law in court claiming it required an environmental impact report. Plastic Bag Attorney Stephen Joseph vowed to take this case to the state Court of Appeals.

As of now, Marin’s plastic bag ban is on track to begin January 1, 2012.

Rise Above Plastics Campaign (PDF)

There is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Within it, 100 million tons of plastic swirl in a vortex of currents. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one!

This plastic ends up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals. In fact, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die globally each year due to ingestion of or entanglement in plastics

You can make a difference for our world’s oceans, waves and beaches — pledge to rise above plastics today.

For more information go to: http://www.riseaboveplastics.org/

Find a location to drop off your waste polystyrene packaging foam (aka EPS foam or “styrofoam”).


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