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July 14, 2014

D.C. Council Passes Bill to Ban EPS Foam from D.C. Eateries

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This afternoon, the D.C. City Council unanimously voted to pass a bill that bans D.C. eateries from using expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, also known as Styrofoam.  This bill affects our rivers because one in every four pieces of trash collected from D.C. rivers is EPS foam.

*THANK YOU* to all of our members and supporters for your help in this campaign, including everyone who contacted their councilmember to express support for this bill. We also want to thank the City Councilmembers for their votes in support of this bill.  If you’d like to tweet a thank you to your councilmember for their vote in support of this bill, visit the updated banthefoam.org.

Banning EPS foam at the source will prevent it from harming our beautiful, local rivers.

Speaking of our beautiful local rivers, if you want to enjoy one of those rivers tomorrow (Tuesday, July 15), we’re having an after-work paddle at 6:15pm (weather permitting)…come join us and celebrate this epic victory!  Details (and weather updates) here.

The bill must still be signed by the mayor and approved by Congress, but we are hopeful that both steps will be met without resistance.  Nonetheless, we are watching to ensure both steps are completed and the bill becomes law.

The DC Chapter worked in coalition with a number of excellent organizations in the D.C. area to support the passage of this bill.  We want to take this opportunity to thank them: DC chapter of the Sierra Club, Trash Free Maryland, D.C. Environmental Network, Institute of Local Self-Reliance, Energy Justice Network, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Watershed Society, Clean Water Action, Anacostia Riverkeeper and Sustainable Community Initiatives.

July 11, 2014

Tweet EPS foam out of our rivers #BanTheFoamDC

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Not all river wildlife is natural.

A quarter of trash collected from D.C. rivers is expanded polystyrene foam (often known as Styrofoam). Let’s make it zero.

The D.C. Council votes Monday morning on a bill to ban EPS foam from food service businesses, like restaurants, cafes, delis, coffee shops, vending trucks/carts, and food trucks. Banning it at the source prevents it from reaching our rivers.  We need your tweets to tell the DC council that this bill needs to pass for the protection of our DC rivers.

Visit banthefoam.org and tweet your councilmember to ban the foam. Every tweet makes a difference…yes, even yours.

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June 23, 2014

DC Council First Vote On Foam Ban this Tuesday Morning

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The D.C. Council is planning to vote this Tuesday at 10am on the D.C. Omnibus Act that would ban food service businesses from using expanded polystyrene foam.

Please contact your D.C. Council member and tell them you support the bill that will help keep our rivers clean from foam trash!

Visit banthefoam.org for more information.

October 6, 2013

The DC Chapter’s RAPtober Distributed, Virtual Cleanup

DC chapter members, here’s the deal: we’re not planning a location-specific cleanup this month, but we still want to take part in Surfrider’s RAPtober month of rising above plastics, so we’ve decided to hold a distributed, virtual cleanup! Here’s how we’d like you to help out:

(1) While you’re out on the water, at the beach, or running errands today, pick up at least two pieces of plastic litter to throw away, but don’t throw it out yet!

(2) Take a quick pic of the trash with your mobile device.

(3) Post the photo to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #raptober and mention @surfriderdc.

(4) Ok, now throw it out (or recycle, if possible).

At the end of the month, we’ll collect all those images uploaded and create a digital collage of the trash collected. If you don’t have an Instagram or Twitter account and don’t want to set one up, just email your picture to chair@dc.surfrider.org and we’ll make sure it gets into the right hands.

Here’s an example of a chapter member posting their findings to Instagram, with the comment: “I went kayaking on the Anacostia today and picked up all of this just floating by me. Perfect timing for #raptober @surfriderdc”

Have fun with this!  It’s virtual…and distributed…and helps clean up your local waters/community!

October 22, 2012

RAPtober Cleanup

Hey Surfrider DC! This month Surfrider celebrates RAPtober, a month-long campaign to raise awareness for its Rise Above Plastics program. We wanted to hold a cleanup for RAPtober, but this is difficult to organize given people’s schedules. So, we decided to hold a distributed cleanup! Everyone gets to hold their own mini one-person cleanup whenever and wherever is most convenient! It’s simple! Here’s what you do:

(1) See plastic trash outdoors (It’s everywhere, but keep a look out on your way to work, outside your house, at the park, or whenever you see some trash.)

(2) Before October ends, pick up at least two (2) pieces of plastic trash and take a picture of you holding the items (use a napkin if it’s gross, but don’t pick up dangerous stuff):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3) Throw the trash out! (or recycle, if appropriate)

(4) Post the picture you took to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and mention Surfrider DC:

* On Twitter: @surfriderdc
* On Facebook: @dcsurfrider
* On Instagram: @surfriderdc

Tag the picture with: #RAPtober

Need some help? Here’s an example tweet:

(5) That’s it!

We only have 9 days of October left, so have at it! After October, we’ll collect all these images and put them together into an (hopefully) awesome collage! Take and post one picture, or post tons! We’ll collect everything. Have questions? Email michael.j.caruso@gmail.com.