Montgomery County, Maryland has banned expanded polystyrene foam in food packaging, for consumer use, and packing peanuts!
Expanded polystyrene foam, known as Styrofoam, makes up a quarter of all trash found in our local rivers. Banning this trash at the source — where it’s distributed to consumers — will help prevent it from reaching our rivers. That means less trash in the rivers we paddle and swim in.
Our friends at Trash Free Maryland summarize the legislation:
- On January 1, 2016, restaurants and carryouts will be banned from using expanded polystyrene foam food packaging (like clamshells, plates and cups). County offices and contractors will also be required to use recyclable or compostable alternatives for all disposable food packaging.
– On January 1, 2017, all disposable food packaging at restaurants and carryouts must also be recyclable or compostable.
The Montgomery County ban also includes sale of foam food packaging for consumer use (like 100-packs of cups you might buy at the grocery store) and foam packing peanuts, effective January 2016.
Thank you to all of the organizations who helped to make this happen, especially Trash Free Maryland for leading the way! A special thanks to Councilmembers Leventhal, Berliner, and Riemer, and all of the MoCo councilmembers for leading the charge to pass this important legislation.
We’re not having a chapter meeting tonight, but we’re planning on holding a happy hour next week! Details forthcoming here as soon as they are available. Stay tuned.
Grab a drink with the chapter this Wednesday
Instead of our usual monthly chapter meeting, we’re gathering at Penn Social (map, Green/Yellow/Red line accessible) to grab drinks and talk waves, river, hurricanes, and turkey. Come meet your fellow D.C. chapter members. Not a member? No problem, all are welcome to come hang!
Where’s Penn Social?
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Meet us at Lululemon in Georgetown on Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm. Pete Stauffer and Paul Herzog from Surfrider HQ are attending the meeting and will talk about their visit to DC and Ocean Friendly Gardens! We’ll also have Surfrider’s new CEO, Chad Nelson, in attendance. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to have this many HQ staff at a chapter meeting!
We’ll also discuss #BanTheFoamMoCo, a recap of our Fall OBX trip, and plans for 2015!
After the meeting, we’ll grab beers and snacks at a local establishment while we talk waves, Hurricane Gonzalo epicness, and all things river.
Map of Lululemon:
RSVP on Facebook:
Join us and the DC Dragon Boat Club on October 11th for a cleanup along the SW Waterfront!
Meet up at Gangplank Marina (600 Water St SW) at 10am. Bring your board (SUP), boat, or paddle-able flotation device. Volunteers without vessels will join together to paddle 1 of the Club’s dragon boats (holds 22 people! Imagine how much trash we can fit!)
Dress for the weather. Light, non-cotton layers highly recommended! Clean up supplies will be provided.
After the cleanup, we’ll celebrate our hard work at Cantina Marina!
RSVP on Facebook or Meetup! We hope to see you there!
Montgomery County: Not all wildlife is natural.
A quarter of trash collected from our local rivers is expanded polystyrene foam (often known as Styrofoam). Let’s make it zero.
The Montgomery County council has a hearing on Tuesday, October 14, about bill 41-14 to ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam from food service businesses and ban loose EPS foam packaging (you know…packing peanuts). Banning it at the source prevents it from reaching our rivers and waters.
If you live in Montgomery County, we need you to fill out the action alert below to tell your council members to pass this bill and help protect our local rivers and waterways!
Don’t live in Montgomery County? Share this with those who do.
Every email makes a difference…yes, even yours.
We’re meeting at Lululemon in Georgetown this Wednesday at 7pm to recap September and talk about the awesomeness ahead for October (OBX trip this weekend, #BanTheFoamMoCo and Southwest Waterfront cleanup …spoiler alert). All are welcome, including non-members. We’ll grab drinks and chips after.
Come to the Delaware Seashore this weekend for our adopted beach cleanup, some waves, and other fun coastal activities! Also, refreshments and supplies will be provided at the cleanup.
In addition to our beach cleanup, there are lots of other fun events going on near Ocean City the weekend of September 26th. Come spend the weekend with us!
Camp with us at Delaware Seashore Campground (Indian River Inlet)! We have 1 campsite (T07) already reserved for 2 nights that can accommodate 6 other people. Comment on Facebook to join our reservation: https://facebook.com/events/687118014690266. To reserve your own campsite, visit: http://delawarestateparks.reserveamerica.com/. There are lots of hotel options in the area for the non-camping crowd.
Our adopted beach is located at Keybox Road (at its intersection with Route 1 Coastal Hwy) in Delaware Seashore State Park.
Here’s a tentative schedule, join for as little or as much as you’d like:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th :
– Drive up & camp with us at Delaware Seashore Campground (Indian River Inlet)
– Optional 11am – 10pm Bluegrass on the Bay in OC
– Optional evening/sunset paddle (Savages Ditch Rd)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th :
– Early AM wake up & surf
– Breakfast at campsite
– Optional 10am Pigs on the Beach Motorcycle Parade in OC
– Optional 11am – 7pm Wine on the Beach in OC
– Optional 10am – 10pm Bluegrass on the Bay in OC
– Evening/sunset paddle, location TBD
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th :
– Early AM wake up & surf/paddle
– Breakfast at campsite
– 12pm cleanup
– 2pm head home
Get outdoors and help keep our local rivers clean for International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 20 at Anacostia National Park, 9am-12pm. Our friends at Ocean Conservancy have organized this cleanup and we’re pumped to join in.
We’re meeting at Anacostia Park, Section E. The Park is long and narrow and we’ll be gathering more towards the north end, near their Aquatic Resources
Education Center, here: http://goo.gl/maps/14n48
Look for our new Surfrider flag! Cleanup supplies provided. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle and sunscreen.