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Encinitas gets serious about plastics use

ENCINITAS — Encinitas is enacting a far-reaching initiative that addresses a variety of plastic pollution sources and impacts various community sectors in different ways, including food providers, retailers, and city event permittees. The city will be phasing in this initiative over the next few months with three simple steps.

Three steps to consider for a plastic-free Encinitas:

  1. It will examine the distribution of plastic straws and utensils. Upon request or upon offer by the food provider, including fast food and takeout. Phased prohibition on the distribution of plastic straws.
  2. Prohibit distribution and sales of plastic beverage containers. It will prohibit plastic-bottled beverages (less than 1 liter in size) on city property and at city-sponsored events. Upon request or upon offer by the food provider – including fast food and takeout.
  3. Expanded Polystyrene (a.k.a. foam or EPS). Prohibit distribution and sales of food service ware; egg cartons and food trays, products not encased in hard plastic, such as coolers, ice chests, or similar containers.

For those that would like to hear more about the city’s Plastic-Free Encinitas Initiative or share your ideas on how the city can address Plastic Pollution, contact Roy Sapa’u, City Planner at (760) 633-2734 or [email protected].


Pedro San Diego December 17, 2019 at 11:06 am

Hopefully these plastic straw bans serve as an example to places where this is much more of a problem. It just takes one visit to any third world country to see the devastation plastic straws and single use plastics are having on the environment. There isn’t a single beach with heavy visitation in Latin America where you don’t see plastic straws and other plastic littered everywhere. I’m grateful for the forward thinking progress being made on this issue. Single use plastics are a scourge on this planet.

Geer December 15, 2019 at 6:48 pm

And as it turns out, the Left is right, yet again.

Brian Asamoto December 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm

Encinitas is leading to the left again.

Max Weber December 14, 2019 at 8:22 am

Elitist virtue signaling a go-to. What are the politicians doing about affordable housing in Encinitas?

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