Surfrider Ventura’s “Plastic Free Ventura County” campaign launched on Earth Day in 2018 as a response to the amount of single-use plastic litter that volunteers are collecting at local beach cleanups. Some of the common items collected include straws, expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam (TM “Styrofoam”), plastic and bioplastic cups and utensils. Scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by volume – unless we act now!
Plastics and bioplastics are not marine biodegradable, but instead, photodegrades into smaller pieces of plastic causing pollution that is virtually impossible to remediate. When plastic enters our waterways, it adsorbs toxic chemicals such as DDT, PCBs, PAHs, and flame retardants that can be found in our waterways. For more information on the Rise Against Plastics (RAP) campaign, click here.
To replace EPS foam and disposable plastic, we encourage restaurants and consumers to choose reusable options whenever possible. AB 619, which passed into statewide law in 2019, in part clarifies existing health code laws, ensuring that the public can bring reusable containers to restaurants for take-out.
Our campaign is seeking volunteers to help with:
1. Identifying restaurants, food trucks, or any other type of food establishments in Oxnard and/or Port Hueneme that do not use polystyrene or only provide straws or single use plastic upon request and email julimarciel@gmail.
2. Participate in your own solo cleanups at the beach, parks, and neighborhoods in Oxnard and/or Port Hueneme. Check out our Blog Post for more information on Solo Clean Ups.
3. The items we are seeking to ban are listed at the bottom of the page. When you see this type of litter in Oxnard and/or Port Hueneme (e.g., beach, parks, parking lots, sidewalks, gutters, etc.), please photograph the litter. If possible, please collect and dispose of the litter as well. Email photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Oxnard and/or Port Hueneme and identify the location where the litter was found
4. You can also post a photo with location to your Instagram (preferred) or Facebook feed with the hashtag #PlasticFreeOxnard #PlasticFreePortHueneme and tag @surfridervc (Instagram) or @surfriderventura (Facebook). We would especially love to see your photos on social media to help spread the word to friends and family. Here’s an example of how to keep it positive:
“I love our beaches but hate to see plastic litter around town. It’s not only an eyesore, it also impacts our ocean and wildlife that we love. Let’s encourage our City Council to stand up to plastic pollution and find ways to use less plastic. #plasticfreeVenturaCounty @Surfridervc”
5. There are numerous companies that manufacture products that degrade naturally and are recyclable that can replace the items we are seeking to ban. Here is link to the City of Malibu’s plastic free guidelines and examples of compliant foodware. Manhattan Beach has also began to ban plastics and has provided their guidelines.
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