Plastic bags and polystyrene (Styrofoam) food ware are two of the most common pollutants plaguing the San Francisco Bay. Over one million plastic bags end up in the Bay each year, degrading our wetlands and threatening wildlife.
The good news is that more and more cities and counties are taking a stand against plastic pollution in the Bay. This map shows which cities and counties in the Bay Area have already banned the use of plastic bags and/or Styrofoam food containers and what each ordinance entails. As of today:
- More than 65% of Bay Area residents live in cities or counties that have passed or already implemented a single-use plastic bag ban, and
- Almost 30% of all Bay Area jurisdictions have adopted a Styrofoam ban.
Despite this progress, there is still much work to be done. Want to know how you can help?
- Sign this petition to encourage Bay Area cities to crack down on Bay trash
- Participate in trash cleanups in your community
- Bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, and on your shopping sprees
To learn more, please visit our pollution facts page.