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Rise Above Plastics

The program seeks to reduce the amount of plastics making their way into our beach and marine environments though education and outreach efforts. Click here to learn how you can help.

Polystyrene Ban in Long Beach

Thanks to efforts of the Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, working hard on this issue since 2010, LB is starting to consider an expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) ban.  See the article in the Press Telegram.

See the Long Beach Chapter Support Letter explaining our position on the upcoming citywide polystyrene ban.

The next hearing on the polystyrene ban will be on Tuesday April 17, 5PM, Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 333 W Ocean Blvd., Long Beach City Hall. Supporters of the ban should wear green shirts.

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2010 Post Card to City Council


2013 Post Card to City Council

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Check our listing of Ocean Friendly Restaurants here.  The campaign’s efforts are aimed at reducing plastic and Styrofoam pollution from oceans and beaches while educating the public, businesses and elected officials about the dangers of plastic and Styrofoam pollution. One way to reduce this litter load is to support food establishments that make the effort to not use plastic or Styrofoam for their take out containers.

The Fresh Shave receives Platinum Ocean Friendly Restaurant Award

The Fresh Shave makes hand crafted, Hawaiian style, shave ice and they’ve just been awarded our chapter’s highest Ocean Friendly Restaurant certification, a Platinum level award.  This means they don’t use Styrofoam, recycle, and hardly use any plastic at all. They are located  in SteelCraft (3768 Long Beach Blvd., Ste 100, Long Beach, CA 90807).  Go support their environmental efforts by shopping their shave ice.

Check out the OFR webpage or e-mail for more information.

Polystyrene Ban in Long Beach

Long Beach City Council is beginning a 6 month process to partially ban disposable polystyrene food products.  See article in the Press Telegram. The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been working on this topic for a long-long time.  It’s nice to see progress. Read the Surfrider Foundation letter to see our reasons for the foam ban.

2010 Post Card to City Council

2010 Post Card to City Council


2013 Post Card to City Council

2013 Post Card to City Council

Vote Yes on Prop 67


Save California’s Plastic Bag Ban Vote “YES on Prop 67” in November.  Take the pledge!

Recent research tells us that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!1 We see singleuse plastic items, including the easily littered plastic bags, polluting our beaches and ocean. Marine plastic pollution is also extremely harmful, and sometimes fatal, for marine life.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS: • In California, the average person uses 360 bags a year—which adds up to 10 billion bags a year.2 • An average use time of a plastic bag is 12 minutes, but the bag lasts forever!3 • Less than 3% of bags are recycled4…which is why… • Plastic bags are one of the top items picked up at beach cleanups.

THAT IS WHY WE MUST FINALLY BAN THE BAG! After six years of advocacy to the California state legislature, a bill to ban plastic bags was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014. Unfortunately, due to the political maneuvering of the big plastics industry, the bill was stalled and will be put on the ballot as a referendum. The California voting public will now be asked to affirm this bag ban legislation by voting YES on 67 in November. Let’s make the plastic bag a thing of the past. Vote “YES on 67” in November. Learn more on


Have you been looking for a way to get involved with Surfrider Long Beach, but wasn’t sure what you could do to help? If you go out to eat, and you care about the quality of our ocean, then the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program is for you!
The program is free and easy for the restaurants to participate in. If you notice restaurants that are taking steps to recycle properly, and rid their businesses of Styrofoam containers and plastic bags, please let us know. They might qualify for an Ocean Friendly Restaurant certificate from Surfrider!

The Ocean Friendly Restaurants initiative was founded with the mission of creating an ecologically sustainable restaurant industry. A big focus for this program is reducing the plastic pollution that ends up in the marine environment through the use of alternative products, and the promotion of better recycling practices. We believe in rewarding restaurants for doing the right thing for the environment, and we are here to do whatever we can to support them in that cause.

Long Beach has several restaurants that have made the commitment to incorporate sustainability into their business practices (go to our website and visit them!), and we need your help to identify new restaurants– AND put together a fun event to recognize their environmental achievements, while raising awareness on the program.

If you are a local student in need of some service hours, great experience building outreach and organizational skills, or are interested in event planning this is an excellent opportunity to serve as a Surfrider Intern.

And if you are an individual concerned with ocean-quality protection, and would like to volunteer to reach out to local businesses to promote this message, please contact Sona Coffee at

We Need Volunteers!

Rise Above Plastics: The Long Beach Chapter seeks to educate the public on the dangers that plastic pollution poses to the marine environment. We work to remove plastics from the waste stream, promote reusable materials, and provide a visual representation of pollution in the environment.  Contact the Rise Above Plastics Long Beach committee to find out how you can help

Goals for this Year:

Plastic Bag Ban: Support existing City of Long Beach ordinance, and Statewide plastic bag ban effort; promote use of reusable bags throughout the community

Polystyrene/Foam Ban: Work with the City of Long Beach to explore and adopt a polystyrene (foam and plastic) ordinance to remove these harmful materials from the waste stream, and promote the Beach Friendly Restaurant program

Hold on to Your Butts: Work with City of Long Beach to install ashtrays to prevent cigarette pollution from entering waterways

Suffocating the World

Great infographic on how the plastic bags we use are harming the environment. Check it out, please reuse, recycle and share with your friends.

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Oceans of Garbage

Great graphic on the garbage in our oceans. What are ways we can continue to cut down on garbage?

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California SB 568 (Styrofoam ban)

Currently, California legislators are addressing another prevalent form of plastic pollution – Polystyrene Food Containers – with a bill introduced by Senator Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. This bill would prohibit a food vendor or restaurant, on or after January 1, 2013, from dispensing prepared food to a customer in a polystyrene foam container (aka Styrofoam™).

More information on SB 568 and progress


October 1, 2011 9am-12pm at Termino Ave. Beach near Belmont Pier (One-Piece-At-A-Time Beach Cleanup)

Free Cliff Bar for all participants!

Rise Above Plastics this October and help keep plastic trash off of your coasts and waterways by participating in Surfrider Foundation’s One Foot at a Time plastic cleanup event on October 1st. Held in conjunction with Clif Bar’s Day of Action, volunteers from across the country will join together to raise awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution by removing pieces of plastic trash from our environment one square foot at a time, and then using that collected plastic to create unique mosaic sculptures.

To submit your plastic trash mosiac, simply take a picture of your square foot of trash collected and email us at for the chance to win cool prizes and help us reach our goal of removing 1,000 square feet of plastic debris from our environment.  Fore more information, go to

Free Bag Giveaway

In support of the single use plastic bag ban, the Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is giving away reusable shopping bags at two upcoming events.  If you’re having a difficult time affording reusable shopping bags stop by our table and get one for free.  The events are:

McBride Park Free Food Giveaway
Friday August 19, 9 am – 12 noon,
California Recreation Park
1550 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue,
Long Beach, CA 90813

Food 4 Less
Saturday August 20, 10am – 12 noon,
6700 Cherry Ave.,
Long Beach, CA 90805