California: Ban Styrofoam Statewide

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  • recipient: California State Assembly
Drive along California's highways, walk along the beaches or down city streets and you see Styrofoam trash. The material takes forever to biodegrade, so when it's littered, it doesn't go away. In fact, Styrofoam is the second-most common debris trashing California's beaches.

But legislators are taking a stand against Styrofoam. The state Senate passed a bill that would ban food vendors and restaurants from using Styrofoam containers for take out packaging starting in 2014.

Fifty municipalities in California, from San Francisco to Santa Monica, have already banned Styrofoam. Now it's time to take the policy statewide.

The bill -- passed by a bipartisan vote in the Senate -- is headed to the State Assembly. Take action: Tell your representative to vote YES on SB 568 and permanently ban Styrofoam.
Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing today to urge you to vote YES on SB 568, which would ban disposable Styrofoam containers statewide.

[Your comments will be added here]

Styrofoam is the second-most common debris found on California's beaches. Since it takes so long to biodegrade, once littered, it is here to stay. Washed through storm and sewer systems after being dropped on streets and highways, it pollutes our beaches and coastal waters for years.

Fifty California municipalities have already banned disposable Styrofoam containers, and other more environmentally-friendly and biodegradable packaging options exist. In short, we don't need Styrofoam.

SB 568 passed with bipartisan support in the state Senate. Please join these legislators in voting to ban Styrofoam statewide in California.
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