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January 08, 2009

State panel floats 'litter tax' to curb debris along coast

Sign On San Diego 12.01.08

The influential California Ocean Protection Council has proposed an attack on everyday threats to sea life, including a ban on some popular take-out food containers and fees on plastic and paper bags…

Ocean litter threatens rare sea turtles, sea birds, sea otters and hundreds of other marine species…Eighty percent of ocean litter comes from land sources, the ocean council said. Read more...

Our Take:  Following in the footsteps of France, California would be the first U.S. state to propose a ban or fee on everyday sources of trash – a huge culprit in the “plastic island” of debris floating in the Pacific Ocean. We applaud California’s continuing leadership to reduce consumption, beyond bags and bottles.

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