Tonight, July 27, the Dana Point City Council will consider a resolution about the use of plastic bags at businesses in Dana Point. As drafted, the proposal is for VOLUNTARY restrictions on plastic bags.
As a Board member of the Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society, I would like to ask YOU for a show of support to invite the City Council to take a bolder stand in favor of a clean ocean.
We (The Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society) are asking the Dana Point City Council to adopt a MANDATORY program (voluntary programs don’t work) with these features:
- Set a mandatory date for retailers and businesses to adopt the program. We suggest March 1, 2010. This date will especially allow retailers to use any Holiday related wrappings.
- Allow business to apply for a hardship exemption for a certain period of time, say 6 months or the City could provide some form of funding to ease any financial burden retailers might face (waste or higher costs for non-plastic bags) and get the retailer/business to comply.
- Ask businesses to encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags and require all retail establishments to provide only recyclable paper bags, biodegradable bags or reusable bags at the checkout.
Here’s the Call to Action, people…
If you agree with this proposal to improve the Ocean water quality by banning those ecologically harmful plastic shopping bags from Dana Point, a highly traveled ocean-side community,
please add your name and city of residence in the comments section below.
We will add your support to this letter when submitted to the city council.