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Take Action – Ban Plastic Bags

Each year, the average consumer uses 500 plastic bags. Each of these 500 plastic bags cost the taxpayer as much as 17 cents in recycling, collection and disposal—totalling $85 per year. Support AB 1998 to save our environment and your tax dollars. Photo credit Matthew Meier Photography It’s down to the wire. With days to …

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Ban Plastic Bags

California’s ocean economy is valued at $43 billion, including an estimated 408,000 jobs mostly in the tourism and recreation sectors. But plastic bags are littering our waterways and our coasts, threatening the marine environment, damaging our economy, and creating a potential hazard to human health. Join in the fight against plastic bag waste by SUPPORTING …

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How Qualcomm Does It

Not everyone gets to spend Friday afternoon on the beach and then enjoy a delicious cookout with a bunch of cool people and call it “work.” I love my job! At the end of June, I headed down to Mission Bay for a sponsored beach cleanup with about 60 employees from Qualcomm. These folks know …

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Ocean Protection Council Sets Statewide Environmental Precedent, Part 2

San Diego recently hosted the California Ocean Protection Council (COPC), a committee we haven’t seen in this region since 2005. Governor Schwarzenegger created the COPC to regulate ocean health in California, and the commissioners represent the state’s leading elected and appointed officials. As the executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper, the county’s largest water quality …

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Help Ban the Bag in San Diego

Tired of seeing bags on your streets and beaches? Coastkeeper is working hard to rally support for Assembly Bill 1998, which would help Californians shift to reusable bags and reduce plastic bags making their way into our ocean. The bill passed the state assembly and is now in Senate committees. You can help by calling …

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