Santa Cruz County Plastic Pollution Prevention Program

Thank you for responding to our survey!  Santa Cruz County has always been a leader in plastic pollution prevention, but the problem continues to grow and further action is needed. Your opinion of the suggested measures below is appreciated.

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* 1. Do you live in Santa Cruz County?

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* 2. Plastic Water Bottles:
Plastic water bottles are one of the most frequently littered items, and recycling opportunities are scarce. Some communities have banned the sale of water in plastic bottles.

a)  Ban on sales of water in plastic bottles on County property.

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* 3. b)  Ban on sales of water in plastic bottles at all County Businesses.
 
  1. on sales of water in plastic bottles at all County Businesses.

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* 4. Plastic in Food Service:
Food service businesses generate a great deal of litter and waste. Some communities are limiting the availability of plastic food service ware. Berkeley recently adopted a charge on disposable cups, similar to the charge for paper bags, to encourage customers to bring their own reusable cup.

a)  25 cent charge for single-use disposable cups.

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* 5. b)  Ban on plastic to-go food service ware at all County Businesses.

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* 6. c)  Requirement for all businesses open to the public to have recycling bins available to customers.

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* 7. Tobacco Waste:
 Cigarette filters are made of plastic, and are one of the most commonly littered items. They are toxic and provide no health benefits. Electronic smoking devices are increasingly popular, especially among young smokers, and are very difficult to recycle.  There are proposals in some communities as well as in the state legislature, to ban or regulate both.

a)  Ban on sales of cigarettes with plastic filters and plastic-tipped cigars.

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* 8. b)  Ban on sales of electronic smoking devices.

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* 9. c)  Requirement for tobacco industry to pay for collection, recycling and disposal of tobacco waste.

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* 10. Other Plastic Pollution:  Helium Balloons

There are a number of other sources of plastic pollution, and the County has received several proposals for additional measures to address this.  Please indicate your feelings about each of the measures below.

Helium Balloons are a leading cause of death for sea turtles and sea birds which mistake them for food.  Metallic balloons can also cause power outages and fires.

Do you support a ban on the sale of helium balloons?

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* 11. Other Plastic Pollution:  Plastic Microfibers

There is growing concern about plastic microfibers, which have been found in seafood, bottled water, beer, honey and in human blood samples. A major source of plastic microfibers is our laundry, which sheds thousands of microfibers with every load.  These are so small that they go right through wastewater treatment plants and out to sea, where they are eaten by small animals and enter the food web. There are now filters available at modest cost which capture most of these fibers, and which can be easily attached to existing washing machines.

a)  Do you support a requirement of filters on all new washing machines?

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* 12. b)  Do you support a requirement of phasing in the use of filters on existing washing machines?

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* 13. Other Plastic Pollution:  Single-service Beverage Machines

Single-service beverage machines have become very popular.  Sometimes referred to as k-pods, these devices generate billions of disposable plastic cups which are used very briefly and then thrown away.


Do you support a ban on single-service beverage machines and refill supplies?
 

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* 14. Other Plastic Pollution:  Contact Lenses

Americans dispose of billions of plastic contact lenses every year by flushing them or washing them down the sink.  When they reach the ocean, the plastic lenses are mistaken for food by sea life.  Many optometrists already offer contact lens recycling services.

Do you support a requirement that all contact lens suppliers to offer free recycling service?

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* 15. Thank you for your comments!  The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will be considering measures to reduce plastic pollution at their meeting on August 6, 2019, at 9am.  Meetings take place at 701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz and are open to the public.

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