ABOUT HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTT
Over 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered every year. Our goal is to cut down on cigarette butt pollution in our community so that dirty butts don’t wind up on the beaches we all love. In the coming months, cigarette disposal ashcans will be installed along the coast from Marina del Rey to Malibu. Butts will be collected and recycled through TerraCycle!
HOW TO GET STARTED
We have a lot of butt kicking to do and would love your help! Interested in learning more and volunteering? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP US FUNDRAISE
An easy way to help us raise funds for this program is by registering your Ralphs Rewards online. Ralphs will automatically donate a portion of sales to our Surfrider West LA/Malibu Chapter every time you use your linked Ralphs Club card. See below image for instructions.
Follow us on Instagram and show us how you Hold On To Your Butt! To participate, you must tag us on Instagram @HoldOnToYourButt_LA and #HoldOnToYourButt. Winner of best #holdontoyourbutt photo will receive a super rad prize! Stay tuned for more details…
CHECK OUT THE OTHER CHAPTER’S SUCCESS WITH HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTT
In 2011, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was on the verge of establishing a ban on Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) food containers throughout unincorporated LA County. At the same time in Sacramento, state legislators were working on SB-568, which would have effectively banned single-use foam food containers throughout California. As a result, LA County officials elected to table their local legislation, explicitly writing into the report that “…if the State Legislature fails to adopt legislation addressing EPS litter, your Board may consider adoption of a prohibition in the unincorporated areas of the County.” The time for that consideration has come.
Impossible to recycle and difficult to clean up, EPS food containers don’t biodegrade. They quickly break apart and enter the environment, where they remain indefinitely. Single-use foam debris is one of the most common forms of plastic polluting our beaches and waterways. Styrene is also a carcinogenic toxin, and should not be used to hold our coffee or takeout.
In today’s culture of convenience the cost of our single-use lifestyle is becoming evident as an estimated 200 billion lbs. of single-use plastics enter the environment each year, threatening our coastal resources for generations to come.
Join the Surfrider Foundation’s West LA / Malibu, South Bay, and Long Beach chapters in demanding that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors finish the work they began in 2011 by BANNING THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF SINGLE-USE EPS FOOD CONTAINERS THROUGHOUT UNINCORPORATED LA COUNTY.
Surfrider is fed up with pollution. As a response to increased plastic pollution in the coastal zone and ocean gyres, Surfrider Foundation Chapters started an Ocean Friendly Restaurants program. A main goal is eliminating EPS foam foodware (aka Styrofoam) because it is a top item found at our beach cleanups. There are other types of pollution and issues that restaurants can help with so we added criteria such as conserving water and serving responsible food.
ABOUT OCEAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
The Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) program works with restaurants in our community to implement ocean friendly practices and policies that reduce disposable plastic waste. By engaging the restaurant community in a conversation about ocean friendly practices, we hope to significantly reduce the amount of disposable waste that ends up in the ocean and on our beaches.
Our program is starting with our first restaurants! Keep checking back for a list of proud Ocean Friendly Restaurants.
LA GREEN FESTIVAL COMMUNITY AWARD!
OFR won third place for the LA Green Festival Community Award / Grant Competition. Thank you for voting.
WHY DO WE NEED OCEAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS?
EPS foam foodware (cups, plates, ‘clamshells’, etc.) is a top item found at Surfrider beach cleanups and EPS foam does not biodegrade in our lifetimes. It may photodegrade and/or break into small pieces if littered, which are harder to clean up.
Animals can mistake EPS foam for food or nesting materials and although inexpensive to buy, EPS foam litter can be expensive to clean up.
Americans use an estimated 500 million plastic straws every day and restaurants use an average of 5,800 gallons of water per day.
WHAT MAKES A RESTAURANT OCEAN FRIENDLY?
Restaurants participating in the OFR Program MUST follow these three criteria:
1. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
2. Proper recycling practices are followed.
3. Water conservation efforts such as saving water in a drought, no hosing down outside without capturing the water to reduce urban runoff, and/or proper disposal of FOG (fats, oil and grease) to conserve water and help reduce sewage spills.
And choose a minimum of three of these criteria as well:
4. Plastic straws are provided only upon request.
5. Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining and utensils for to-go food are provided only upon request.
6. No beverages sold in plastic bottles.
7. Discount offered for customers with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc.
8. No plastic bags offered for takeout or to-go orders.
9. Organic, local, and/or vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis. All seafood must be a ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch.
10. Energy efficiency efforts are implemented where possible.
11. The restaurant is Clean Bay Eats Certified or a Santa Monica Green Business.
Implement all 11 of the criteria to be recognized as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant!
WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU EAT OUT?
• Show your support by frequenting our certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants and let them know you found them on the OFR webpage
• Say “no straw” whenever you order a drink (even take-out and drive-thru), and take the
No Straw Pledge
• Ask for water and other drinks in a reusable glass instead of plastic
• Bring your own reusable cup for takeout coffee, and remember to ask for a reusable mug when ordering “for here”
• Bring a reusable water bottle to avoid purchasing plastic bottles of water
• If you think you may have leftovers, bring your own reusable container instead of getting a disposable container from the restaurant
• Always bring your own bag when picking up takeout food
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Restaurants that join our campaign will be supported with
• An Ocean Friendly Restaurants decal to display in your window
• Advertising and promotion to our members and our community on the Surfrider WLAM webpage, social media, newsletters, and more
• Inclusion on our list as a recognized Ocean Friendly Restaurant
• Optional signage including table-toppers, bill stuffers and more to communicate to your patrons and staff why these practices support the community and help the oceans.
• Special events and promotions such as launch parties and coupon days
• Recommendations for alternative material sources and pricing, including negotiated discounts
Santa Monica Non-Recyclable Food Service Container Ban
Santa Monica Distributors List of Compostable Recyclable Food Service Products
Simple Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at Your Business
County of Los Angeles’ SmartBusiness Recycling Web Site
How to Go Straw-Free
Water Conservation Checklist
HOW TO GET STARTED
Getting started is easy. Just fill out the short form below and someone from our team will follow up with you. In addition, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com!
OFR HAS GONE NATIONAL!
For more info email OFR@wlam.surfrider.org.
Join us at Topanga Beach on April 4th for a Beach Clean up from 10 am – 12 pm.
SAN DIEGO REGIONAL WATER QUALITY BOARD REJECTS ORANGE COUNTY TOLL ROAD PERMITS
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board today rebuffed the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) in its attempts to secure a necessary water quality permit for its Tesoro Extension project. The Board voted unanimously 6 to 0 to adopt findings that reinforced its decision of June 2013, when the Regional Board rejected the requested Waste Discharge Requirements permit because the full project impacts of the entire road were not disclosed to it. The Save San Onofre Coalition applauds the Board’s decision.
The Tesoro Extension comprises the first five miles of TCA’s plan to connect the 241 toll road in Orange County to Interstate 5 in San Diego County. The project is part of TCA’s 16-mile toll road project that would bisect San Onofre State Beach, California’s fifth most popular state park, and protected natural lands in the Donna O’Neill Conservancy. If the full project is built, the state parks department has indicated it will abandon 60% of the state park because of the damage the toll road would cause.
The Board rejected TCA’s application for a Waste Discharge Requirements permit because TCA had failed to adequately disclose and mitigate the damage the project would cause to water quality and other natural resources. The vote today to adopt legal findings explaining why it rejected the toll road project represents the third time the Board has voted to stop the 241 extension project because of environmental concerns.
The TCA has spent more than $300 million in public funding for a project that has been repeatedly turned down. In fact, 78 percent of Orange County opposes building the proposed toll road through San Onofre State Beach, according to an August 2014 poll.
Following is a statement from Elizabeth Goldstein on behalf of the Save San Onofre Coalition:
“The Board today voted to protect our water quality, our parks and beaches from this destructive toll road project. We commend the Board for upholding California’s water quality laws and protecting the public interest,” commented Goldstein.
“The Board responded to the overwhelming evidence that the Tesoro Extension is no more than an attempt to commence construction of a larger, environmentally destructive that has been rejected by the Board and every other agency that has considered the project to-date.”
“This project needs to be rethought from the ground up, or abandoned, rather than twisted to accommodate every rejection the TCA experiences.”
About the Save San Onofre Coalition
The Save San Onofre Coalition includes a wide range of organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the California State Parks Foundation, Endangered Habitats League, Surfrider Foundation, Sea and Sage Audubon Society amongst others convened to prevent the destruction of San Onofre State Beach by the Foothill-South Toll Road.
For more info on the Trestles Campaign visit: http://savetrestles.surfrider.org