Long Beach Surfrider member, Seamus Innes says “these plastic bags have a horrible impact on marine life and I’m proud to live in a city that is willing to take these first steps. Next stop, Styrofoam!”
The City of Long Beach has been working on the carryout bag ordinance for months and when L.A. County passed their ordinance it helped to propel local ordinances forward. L.A. County shared their Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with Long Beach. Long Beach utilized the County’s EIR and also developed an Addendum which added specific information relating to their local needs. The Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter was happy to work with local residents and other groups such as Heal the Bay and Earth Resource Foundation on this important victory for the environment .
Plastic carryout bags will be banned in Long Beach effective August 1st, and there will be ten cent fee placed on paper bags that goes to the retailer to help with their cost of paper bags and education for the best alternative, reusable bags. Surfrider Foundation encourages everyone to remember their reusable bags when shopping and hopes that ordinances also lead to more reusable bag manufacturers in California providing green jobs.