Support Plastic Free Events in San Diego

Support Plastic Free Events in San Diego

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SD Zero started this petition to San Diego City Council

We are SD Zero, the winning team of the Scripps-Rady Plastic Pollution Challenge. During the challenge we brainstormed potential solutions to the plastic pollution problem in San Diego, specifically to limit the amount of plastic that flows into Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Our team came up with a proposal to implement a zero-waste event policy which was vetted by 11 distinguished professionals. Currently, we are building a coalition of supportive businesses and constituents of San Diego in order to pass our proposal.

California’s top litter items since the 80’s have consistently been made up of single-use plastic food and beverage items stemming from the takeout culture of fast food, restaurants, and events. Many initiatives to combat plastic pollution focus on educating consumers to make better purchasing choices and zero-waste decisions.

However, behavior change science has shown that awareness campaigns are highly ineffective at changing consumer behavior. Furthermore, with over 7,000 restaurants just in San Diego, targeting the restaurant industry to eliminate their single-use plastic usage is not feasible in one step as there are many involved stakeholders.

Therefore as SD Zero, we propose instituting a policy change for the city of San Diego that prohibits single-use plastics at large events through the leverage of event permitting. Events provide discrete opportunities for piloting and evaluating the impact of interventions as well as normalizing zero-waste practices. We want to start small to show proof of concept, refine implementation methods and then expand to restaurants and other food service businesses. 

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