IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — The Imperial Seaside plastic ban formally took impact Friday after being handed unanimously by metropolis council again in Could.
It’s thought-about one of many hardest single-use plastic discount ordinances within the county and California. It bans using plastic straws, stirrers, utensils and baggage.
Some native companies had been able to go straight away, switching out all merchandise.
They managers mentioned we have now to be actually strict about it. We’ve new paper straws and every part, so we’re simply attempting to get into the groove of issues with it,” mentioned Kane Narvaez, who works at Cow-A-Bunga, an ice cream store on the pier.
Environmentalists have praised this ban and related ones as a great way to scale back the quantity of trash that finally ends up alongside San Diego’s coast. Even companies on the pop-up farmers market must play by the brand new guidelines.
“We’re going to have to begin making the shift and we have already got purchased the brand new açai bowls, however we nonetheless have some plastic left over so we’re making the shift quickly,” mentioned Marcos Rodriguez, who runs an empanada stand.
These present in violation of the ban might face a effective of as much as $1,000 or as much as six months jail time.