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Laguna Beach places ban on single-use plastics on beaches, parks and trails

 Seagulls flock to a trash boom after heavy rainfall.
Laguna Beach has adopted an ordinance that addresses plastic pollution. The ordinance, which took effect late last week, bans single-use plastic food ware items in the city’s beaches, parks and trails.
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

As part of the city’s Neighborhood and Environmental Protection Plan, Laguna Beach has adopted an ordinance that addresses plastic pollution.

The ordinance, which took effect late last week, bans single-use plastic food ware items in the city’s beaches, parks and trails.

The sale, use or distribution of single-use, to-go plastics such as straws, drink stirrers, eating utensils and take-out bags made from such material is also prohibited.

The city urges food and beverage vendors to use reusable materials when possible. Restaurants are asked not to provide nonplastic alternatives such as paper straws unless a customer requests them.

A food vendor may receive a one-year exemption from the ban on plastic food service ware if it can show that the conditions of the ordinance would cause undue hardship.

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In addition, the feeding of birds is now prohibited in the city’s parks.


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