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Stop the Plastics

From our friends at Surfrider, originally posted here.

Don’t Limit Local Rule on Plastics

Texas Senate Bill 908 and House Bill 1913 aims to increase plastic bag recycling while taking away local cities rights. Thinking the recycling can solve the issues with plastic grocery bags is a myth. Recycling has its place – however, it’s not the solution to the plastic bag problem.

Various sources estimate that the recycling rate is somewhere between 1% on the low end and 9% on the high end. Either way, it’s quite low. “In addition, economics of recycling plastic bags are not appealing. From the process of sorting, to the contamination of inks and the overall low quality of the plastic used in plastics bags…it costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32 Furthermore many bags collected for recycling never get recycled. A growing trend is to ship them to countries like India and China, which are rapidly becoming the dumping grounds for the Western world’s glut of recyclables. Rather than being recycled they are cheaply incinerated under more lax environmental laws. Even if recycling rates of plastic bags increase dramatically, it doesn’t solve other significant problems, such as the use of non-renewable resources and toxic chemicals in their original production…What to do? Choose to reuse!”

The most disturbing aspect is the impact on cities rights to enact local ordinances. “State Sen. Kel Seliger was the lone ‘no’ vote on the Natural Resources committee. The conservative Republican Senator from Amarillo … says that he opposes the bill because it handcuffs local governments. “My objection to the bill, it pre-empts cities from passing ordinances, should they decide, for whatever reason, that it’s something that’s good for the city, for livability, for waste, or something like that,” Seliger told the Rio Grande Guardian.

Please send a letter Today! Tell your legislators not to limit local control!

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Over 200 attend Corpus Christi Sunset Community Forum

Texas State Representative Abel Herrero addressed the forum and heard residents' concerns.

Many thanks to the community co-sponsors, Surfrider, NAACP, LULAC 1, South Texas Colonias Initiative, Coastal Bend Sierra Club, and the Clean Economy Coalition.  Thanks as well go to the public officials in attendance including State Representatives Abel Herrero, Todd Hunter,and Solomon Ortiz Jr., City Councilwoman Nelda Martinez, and candidate for judge, Clarissa Gonzalez.

View the slideshow of the event!

200 residents participated in the TCEQ Sunset Town Hall in Corpus Christi, Oct. 7, 2010

Make sure your town is having a town hall… the opportunity to reform the TCEQ only comes around once every ten years! This is it!

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Could Tarballs come to Texas?

They might. In case they do, learn how to recognize them.  Courtesy of the Oil Spill Response Course held at Texas A & M Corpus Christi, coordinated by the Surfrider Foundation, Coastal Bend Chapter.

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