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Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Yesterday, we reached another historic milestone on our journey toward a Greener Los Angeles.

The City Council unanimously approved my initiative with Councilmembers Krekorian and Koretz to phase-out single-use plastics at our City facilities and City-sponsored events. 

Building on my straws-on-request ordinance from 2019 and last year’s utensils-on-request ordinance, this yesterday’s action makes clear that there is no more time to waste in our fight to rid Los Angeles of plastic’s harmful effects. 

The consequences of our dependence on plastics are numerous and visible: degraded waterways; increased fossil fuel production; littered sidewalks; overcrowded landfills; and deteriorating ecosystems. 
 
As the second largest City in the nation, we must lead by example and prepare for the full phase out of single-use plastics.

In addition to creating zero-waste city facilities and events, we also directed our City Attorney and LA Sanitation to pursue other groundbreaking policies: 

✅ A *citywide ban on on polystyrene products* - styrofoam food containers, for example

✅ The expansion of the City’s prohibition on single-use carry out plastic bags

Each of these policies will require environmental analysis and robust outreach. 

None of this was easy, taking teamwork and coalition building to get here. I’m thankful to the hardworking people at LA Sanitation who will implement this policy; our small business community, who will benefit greatly by saving money on foodware costs; as well as the numerous environmental advocates who have pushed for this policy over many years. 

We're not backing down on a greener, cleaner, healthier Los Angeles. 

Let’s keep it up. 

MITCH O'FARRELL
 

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