Spotlight on Plastic Bags
Today, Save The Bay released its fourth annual list of Bay Trash Hot Spots, which are ten shorelines and creeks choked by plastic bag pollution. Toxic plastic trash is a huge problem all over the Bay; it threatens our public health and quality of life, smothers wetland habitat and kills Bay animals.
The 2009 Hot Spots are sites where volunteers collected the most plastic bags on Coastal Cleanup Day in 2008. On this day alone, volunteers reported pulling nearly 15,000 plastic bags from these ten spots, a shocking figure given that these areas represent a small portion of the Bay watershed. Save The Bay estimates that more than one million plastic bags wind up in the Bay each year!
Check out our interactive map to find the hot spot near you, see photos, watch our cool two-minute video, take action, sign up to volunteer and more!
Tough policies are essential to stopping plastic bags and trash from flowing freely into creeks and the Bay. Bay Area cities should prioritize legislation that ends the distribution of "free" plastic and paper bags at all retailers and motivates shoppers to switch to reusable bags.
Please Tell your Mayor to take a stand against plastic bag pollution today!