Petition Target: Los Angeles City Council
Millions of plastic shopping bags are used and discarded every year in the City of Los Angeles. While Los Angeles County and the cities of Malibu and Santa Monica have recently banned the use of plastic shopping bags, they continue to be widely consumed by the 4 million Los Angeles city residents. Only around 5% of these bags are recycled every year, with the rest showing up in landfills or the ocean.
Once the plastic reaches the ocean, it causes tremendous damage. It is estimated that 60-80% of all marine debris is plastic and since plastic doesn’t biodegrade in sea water, it remains there forever. In fact, this is one cause of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” The garbage patch is a giant soup of discarded plastic floating in the Pacific that is believed to be twice the size of Texas.
Previous attempts by the State of California to ban single-use plastic bags have been met by a forceful counter-attack from the deep-pocketed American Chemistry Council, an industry group representing petroleum interests. (Since petroleum is a key ingredient for plastics.) While the state ban failed to pass in the legislature, local bans have begun to pick up steam.
To support a local ban of single-use plastic bags in the City of Los Angeles, sign the petition below.
Dear Los Angeles City Council,
I strongly support enacting a ban of single-use plastic bags in the City of Los Angeles. Living in a City that is so tied to the Pacific Ocean, it is an even bigger imperative that we do the right thing and stop plastic bag pollution. As much as 80% of marine debris is plastic, much of which is discarded plastic bags.
While the plastics industry thwarted the State of California from enacting a single-use plastic bag ban, we cannot allow them to influence our local government as well. Therefore I request that you follow the lead of Malibu and ban single-use plastic bags in the City of Los Angeles.
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