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The city of Karlovy Vary is cracking down on single-use plastic and balloons

CARLSBAD, California – The Carlsbad City Council unanimously passed three ordinances Tuesday night to reduce single-use plastics and limit the pollution balloons can cause when they’re released.

The city adopted a sustainable materials management plan late last year, and the regulations introduced this week represent big steps in the implementation of that plan.

“It’s become so much less controversial for city councils and elected officials to address this issue locally,” said Mitch Silverstein, police coordinator at the Surfrider Association.

The city will expand restrictions on single-use plastic bags to go beyond grocery stores. In Carlsbad, this policy now covers all retail stores and restaurants, so expect a fee unless you bring your own.

“It’s at least 10 cents. A store might choose to charge more, and some of them have the larger, more durable bags that they charge a few dollars for,” explained Jamie Wood, Carlsbad City Environmental Management Director.

This special regulation will come into force in July 2023 for retail and in July 2024 for gastronomy.

“I would be very happy if something against the balloons would come along when I go to a grocery store. I’ll take as much hygiene as I can get,” said Glen Bernard of Carlsbad.

Other coastal communities such as Encinitas and Solana Beach have banned the sale and release of helium balloons altogether, while Carlsbad took the step to stop the deliberate release of balloons.

“With this regulation, our goal is really education so people understand the importance of not releasing the balloons and the environmental damage they can cause, as well as the cleaning that is required,” Wood said.

Finally, Carlsbad, also with full support, will crack down on single-use plastic bottles and ban them in city facilities and at all events on city property.

These two regulations will enter into force in the second reading 30 days later. The city says it’s focused on education rather than enforcement, but repeat violations could result in a fine or suspension of event permits.

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/city-of-carlsbad-cracks-down-on-single-use-plastics-balloons/ The city of Karlovy Vary is cracking down on single-use plastic and balloons

Sarah Y. Kim

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