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.
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 about to officially launch! 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.
WHAT MAKES A RESTAURANT OCEAN FRIENDLY?
Restaurants participating in the OFR Campaign MUST follow these three criteria:
1. No styrofoam use; replacements are recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable.
2. Only reusable tableware is provided for onsite dining
3. Proper recycling practices are followed throughout the restaurant
And choose a minimum of three of these criteria as well:
1. Plastic straws are provided only upon request and/or paper or metal straws are provided
2. Takeout food and beverage containers are recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable
3. Takeout bags are not made of plastic
4. Takeout bags are provided only upon request, or pickup customers are asked to bring their own takeout bags
5. Disposable utensils for takeout food are provided only upon request
6. No beverages sold in plastic bottles
7. The establishment is already a Clean Bay Certified or Santa Monica Green Business
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
CHECK OUT THE SAN DIEGO CHAPTER’S SUCCESS WITH OFR!
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