On May 15th, 2019, the Imperial Beach City Council passed a plastics reduction ordinance that addresses various items that are commonly found at beach cleanups.

The ordinance bans plastic straws, stirrers and utensils at restaurants and retailers throughout Imperial Beach. It also expanded the ban on expanded polystyrene products at restaurants to include the retail sale of expanded polystyrene products such as plates, cups and coolers. The ordinance takes effect on November 15th, 2019.

Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter volunteers advocated for this coastal victory by raising awareness about the issue and speaking at city council meetings.

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Plastic Pollution

Our chapter has multiple committees dedicated to the Surfrider Plastic Pollution Initiative. These include a countywide Beach Cleanup program, the Rise Above Plastics (RAP) committee, the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program, and a campaign to end cigarette butt litter - Ban the Butt.