At a packed Culver City Council meeting on December 12th, several local Girl Scouts and student leaders from local schools were among the many young people who spoke persuasively in support of BCR’s proposed single-use polystyrene food container and cutlery ban!
And Culver City High’s BCR Club presented this short video.
Pictured left: Video excerpt with BCR Club’s David Dumas.
Many excellent speakers from the local and the environmental community then shared both personal experience and expertise in support of the ban. Representatives from the plastics and recycling industry, grocers association, and restaurants shared their concerns. For affected local businesses, the future ordinance will include a phase-in period, information on alternative products, and a hardship clause. To our knowledge, in all the 99 California cities and counties, the restaurants and stores have adapted and no one has gone out of business as a result of the ban.
After extensive discussion, the city council directed staff to come back with a draft ordinance for a review and approval of first and second readings early next year!
Thanks to all for this very encouraging and important outcome!! For BCR, this includes our polystyrene ban subcommittee, led by Sandrine Cassidy, and our 20-member coalition, coordinated by Shea Cunningham.
BCR particularly appreciates the respect, careful listening, and good questions, comments, and support shown by Mayor Jim Clarke and the City Council members. Pictured: Excerpt from NBC4 video
For more details and quotes, here are just a few articles and posts in the media:
Culver City News, KPCC, NBC4, and LA Times.