The Lincoln Parish Concerned Citizens (LPCC) Environmental Group

13,182 supporters

    Started 2 petitions

    Petitioning Ronny Walker

    Pass ordinance to ban single-use plastic in Ruston, LA

    Plastic has become a major problem for the environment over the past 50 years. Plastic takes well over 400 years to decompose in landfills. It ends up as litter and harms wildlife and birds, causing painful deaths. Much of it makes its way into rivers, streams, and ultimately the ocean, harming or killing fish and marine animals when they ingest it. Humans then eat those fish, which exposes us to toxins. Eight million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean EACH YEAR. That is the equivalent of five grocery bags of plastic trash for every foot of coastline around the globe! For the above reasons, the LPCC Environmental Group is asking you to join other cities around the country, and other countries around the world by passing an ordinance banning single-use plastic in Ruston by December, 2020. Plastic bags are particularly problematic, so we are requesting that you instate a mandatory 5 cent per bag fee to be collected by grocery stores and restaurants to begin on January 1, 2020, and these funds to be dedicated to parish cleanup. We hope this will be an incentive for people to transition to reusable bags before a December, 2020 ban on single-use plastic in the city. Please move Ruston forward boldly to address the steadily increasing problem of plastic pollution that is causing harm to wildlife, birds, fish, marine creatures, and ultimately to human beings. Thank you for your serious consideration of this request from your constituents.

    The Lincoln Parish Concerned Citizens (LPCC) Environmental Group
    1,235 supporters
    Petitioning zdgreenwood@gmail.com

    Reduce the use of plastics at Ruston restaurants

     Plastic has become a major problem for the environment over the past 50 years, because only 9% of it is recycled in the United States.  Plastic takes over 400 years to decompose in landfills. It ends up as litter and harms wildlife and birds, causing painful deaths. Much of it makes its way into rivers, streams, and the ocean, harming or killing fish and marine animals when they ingest it. Humans then eat those fish, which exposes us to toxins. Eight million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean EACH YEAR. That is the equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic trash for every foot of coastline around the globe! There are three ways in which restaurant owners can help reduce the use of plastic: 1.    Stop automatically taking straws to the table. Instead, let your customer request a straw. Switch from plastic to “compostable straws” that are made from corn rather than petroleum and will quickly biodegrade.2.    Move away from placing takeout orders in plastic bags. Encourage your customers to bring their own re-usable bag for takeout. You can explain that you are doing this at the request of the public and are trying to do your part to reduce plastic waste.3.    The big switchover: Use only biodegradable disposables. These are made from sugarcane, bamboo, and wheat straw. Companies like ECO-PRODUCTS (see next page) sell cups and lids, to-go boxes, bowls, plates and utensils.

    The Lincoln Parish Concerned Citizens (LPCC) Environmental Group
    11,947 supporters