This year, in addition to identifying five Trash Hot Spots, Save The Bay is also highlighting the five cities where the Hot Spots are located, as they are tackling the trash problem in the Bay by considering plastic bags and Styrofoam bans. Follow these links to learn more about plastic bag and Styrofoam litter and how they threaten Bay wildlife, habitats, and recreation areas.

  • Oakland is an active participant in the countywide effort to ban bags, being led by Stopwaste.
  • Richmond is prepared to pass a plastic bag ordinance and may do so in collaboration with a regional effort being led by regional solid waste agency Recyclemore. Richmond also passed an ordinance banning the use of polystyrene food ware in August 2010.
  • San Carlos is considering a ban on both bags and Styrofoam. San Mateo County is encouraging all cities in the county to adopt their existing Styrofoam ban by offering to conduct outreach and enforcement activities for cities that do so.
  • San Francisco was the first city in the US to adopt a ban on plastic bags in April 2007, which spurred cities around the world to do the same. The city is now considering amendments to their ban that would establish durability standards and a minimum charge for reusable bags.
  • In December 2010, San Jose passed the strongest single-use bag ordinance in the country. The city is keeping this momentum alive by considering options for a Styrofoam food ware ordinance.

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