Since November 1, 2013, single-use plastic bags have been banned in Huntington Beach. It's a good thing, people. By eliminating the use of some 1,200 bags per person every year, we'll hopefully see less and less of the plastic carriers clinging to trees, polluting our waters and littering our streets. However, HB City Councilman Dave Sullivan has hollered for a repeal of the Reusable Bag Ordinance. [Scroll down for update.]
The issue, which became one in December at the will of 28-year HB resident and real estate agent Frank LoGrasso, will go before City Council on Monday, April 21, where the request to place a measure on the November ballot to repeal the ban will be made. LoGrasso believes that the ban infringes on the free market.
Thankfully, the good people at Surfrider Foundation won't stand a second for this and have brought the issue to our attention, created a petition opposing the repeal as well as rallied the local community to attend Monday's meeting.
Here's a snapshot of the petition, which you can sign here:
The City Council meeting will take place on Monday at 6 p.m. at the City of Huntington Beach Council Chambers, located at 200 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
You can read more about the ordinance here.
Surfrider, as always you have our full support, and we even created our own recycled cotton canvas totes in honor of the bag ban last year. Get yours here for just $10 with free shipping.
UPDATE, APRIL 22: The HB City Council rejected Sullivan's motion Monday night, a decision that timed perfectly with Earth Day 2014. Says Orange County Coastkeeper: