Plastic water: no PVC in the Big Island

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi signed legislation banning businesses from handing out free plastic shopping bags.

The Big Island now joins the islands of Maui and Kauai in the ban of plastic bags. Kenoi acknowledged plastic bags often become litter when he said, "this bill holds the promise of keeping our island clean, healthy and safe, and we need to finish the job."

The bill will go into effect on January 17, 2013, and under this law, retail stores will not be allowed to offer plastic bags to their customers, at the checkout counter.

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Golfo Dulce: wave land in Costa Rica

Save The Waves has announced that the Government of Costa Rica has halted plans to construct a tuna farm at the mouth of the Golfo Dulce.

The proposed project consisted of the construction of 80 tuna farms which would have caused significant pollution of the nearshore waters close to Pavones and Punta Banco on the southern edge of the Golfo Dulce.

This is a victory for all the groups working on the issue especially Pretoma who led a successful campaign against the project together with attorneys, the surfing community, local organizers, and many more.

Save The Waves worked to bring this issue to the light through the media and to galvanize the international surfing community to encouage the government to stop the project.

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Plastic bags: get lost

Across the USA, cities and counties are instituting fees on plastic bags, or even banning them outright, in an effort to prevent pollution and raise revenue for cash-strapped local governments.

"Plastics, especially once they get into the marine environment, are pervasive. They have dramatic effects on marine life," said Julie Lawson, chair of the D.C. chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

"A lot of Surfrider volunteers get started by attending a beach or river cleanup. What they learn is that "we could be cleaning up for the rest of our lives, and it will still show up.

Addressing it at the source through a bag ban or a fee is really the most sustainable way of addressing this trash problem."

Source: Surfrider Foundation