Ah, yes, summer is almost here. And what could be better than heading down to the beautiful beaches that El Segundo offers and put your feet in the warm Pacific. Water feels great as you stroll along, you can feel the stress leaving your body. Suddenly something wraps around your leg. You look down expecting to discover some sort of a sea creature, but much to your dismay, looking back at you is a plastic bag.
Disgusted, you turn around to head back to your car. Along the way you step over a plastic food container, empty, looking back at you, daring you to pick it up. And whose plastic forks are those?
Since the beginning of time we have called the ocean our friend. Sadly that friendship has become abusive because the way we have been treating it. As people have occupied the coastal areas we have become sloppy with how we dispose of our plastic food containers. Many of them have ended up back in our beautiful waters. And that isn’t good.
To combat this, cities all around El Segundo are putting in actual bans on one-time use plastic containers. Manhattan Beach is the latest. They joined Santa Monica and Malibu by outlawing plastic straws, utensils and food containers. It goes into effect in January, 2019.
Is El Segundo Next?
Many in El Segundo are wondering if we are next? People are passionate about the subject but tentative to really speak up. Those we spoke with were happy to comment but didn’t want to use their last names.
“If people would recycle it would be fine,” said Michael at Chicken Dijon on Main St. “But the fact is they don’t.”
That seems to be the running theme. Many people said they wouldn’t be opposed to follow the other beach cities at all.
“I think it is great,” said Margie. “I saw a show the other day where Mario Lopez was drinking his drink using a piece of pasta as a straw. We have to be different on how we think.”
Even those owning or working in local restaurants were in favor. Estella at the Fantasic Cafe on Main St. didn’t think it would be an issue.
“No, not a big problem,” she said. “A lot of people say they will throw their containers out and recycle but they don’t. We have a lot of plastic going into the ocean now.”
One business owner said that he was already looking at alternatives.
“Well oddly enough, I was looking into plastic straws,” he said. “As far as utensils the only thing I can think of is bamboo. Both of which are expensive.”
He went on to talk about the cost, mentioning that the paper straws are three times more expensive.
The world is a growing place and El Segundo is along for the ride. But with growth comes added responsibilities. Our ocean is one of them.
Nothing has been tabled in any official manor here in town. With that said, it certainly is interesting It doesn’t seem like there would be a lot of opposition if it was.