Many people focus on the Bay between San Francisco and the East Bay – especially when finding creative ways to get over and under it – but the Bay is much bigger than the Bay Bridge spans. It’s all connected, and every community needs to pitch in to reduce trash in our waterways.
That’s why we are so excited that the East Contra Costa city of Pittsburg banned plastic bags last night, placing this important Bay/Delta border region on the ban map. The ordinance, which will go into effect in January 2014, mirrors other ordinances popping up in Contra Costa County – a ban on plastic bags and a small charge for paper bags. Bring your own, and you’re good to go.
Although the City of Oakley decided to wait and see if neighboring cities move forward with a ban before pursuing their own, Brentwood’s council asked their staff to start researching an ordinance last week. We will continue supporting Contra Costa County cities in their efforts to keep plastic bags out of the Bay, and join the dozens of other Bay Area cities that have implemented this important environmental policy.
The Bay doesn’t distinguish between trash from San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont, or Richmond – trash, especially plastics, threaten Bay wildlife and suffocate wetlands regardless of where they come from. It’s the Bay Area’s collective job to stop this from happening.
Allison manages Save The Bay’s pollution prevention program, which is focused on helping cities to implement policies that address the Bay's most common trash problems, such as cigarette butts, plastic bags, and Styrofoam take-out containers. When she’s not attending city council meetings or researching pollution, Allison loves to try new restaurants, hike, and seek sunny spots in San Francisco.