Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Malibu Bans Plastic

Malibu proved to be a leader in local ordinances by banning both regular and biodegradable bags in all retail stores. Ordinance 323 was passed unanimously by the Malibu City Council members after a presentation by the local Boys and Girls Club and Heal the Bay. Malibu EC Member Andrea Boccaletti presented testimony on behalf of the Chapter describing the prevalence of plastic bags at the beach clean up in Zuma Beach last weekend. Angela Howe spoke on behalf of Surfrider to tell about our Rise Above Plastics campaign efforts and the need for local leadership on a municipal level, especially in Malibu where Surfrider began in 1984.

This is an important win in the fight against plastics. Several members of the West LA Malibu Chapter of Surfrider were on hand to support the plastic bag ban, and residents thanked Surfrider for our testimony.

For more information, see http://www.malibutimes.com/articles/2008/05/09/news/news3.txt