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Carlsbad to Ban Bags, Bottles, and flyaway Balloons

On Tuesday, May 10th, the Carlsbad City Council will consider a citywide ban on MORE single use plastics. Urge them to vote yes!


The ordinance, if passed, will prohibit:


  • A ban on the use of single-use plastic bags at all retail stores beginning summer 2023
  • An expansion of the bag ban to all restaurants by summer 2024
  • Produce bags for grocery stores, markets, and farmers’ markets shall be compostable produce bags, recyclable paper bag


  • No person shall distribute plastic bottled beverages at city-affiliated events, regardless of whether the event is private or public
  • No person shall distribute plastic bottled beverages at city facilities, including use of city facilities through a rental, lease, or other agreement


  • Ban the intentional release of balloons

See the entire agenda and read the ordinances HERE

Plastic bottle caps found on the beach in Carlsbad

The Carlsbad City Council will vote on whether to adopt these ordinances as a group on Tuesday, 5/10.

Please add your voice to ours and urge the City Council to TAKE ACTION to reduce plastic pollution in San Diego County!
Make yourself heard by either:
a.) submitting a public comment via email, or
b.) attending the City Council meeting to speak in support during the public comment period—the meeting begins at 5 pm

Option A: Submit a written comment before 2pm on Tuesday 5/10

Written comments received by the deadline will be provided to the City Council before the meeting. Please address your email to and write Item 6: REDUCTION OF USE OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BOTTLES AND BAGS AND PROHIBIT THE INTENTIONAL
in the subject line.

Feel free to use our template email below or write your own comments - if you live in Carlsbad or North County, please add that information. We encourage you to write your own email to express your specific concerns about single-use plastics and the reasons you support the ordinance.


If button doesn't work, click HERE for a Google Doc w/ suggested comments

Option B: Attend the City Council meeting at 5 pm on Tuesday 5/10 and make a public comment

Council Chamber
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Tuesday 5/10, at 5 pm

• Fill out a speaker request form, located in the foyer.
• Submit the form to the City Clerk before the meeting starts or before the item begins.
• When it’s your turn, the City Clerk will call your name and invite you to the podium.
• Speakers have three minutes, unless the presiding officer changes that time (if there are many speakers, they may shorten speaker times).

The City Council meeting agenda and more information regarding the meeting can be found on the City's website HERE.

Please email if you have any questions, or would like to coordinate talking points for the in-person meeting. 

Surfrider is strongly in favor of Carlsbad’s Single-Use Plastic Reduction Ordinance, and we need your support to ensure it passes. If you agree that local action is required to address plastic pollution along our coastline and in our ocean, please submit a written comment showing your support before 2:00 pm on Tuesday 5/10, or attend the meeting in person to comment live.


If button doesn't work, click HERE for a Google Doc w/ suggested comments