Every Litter Bit Hurts
In June 2013, the Dana Point City Council approved an education and outreach campaign aimed at bringing attention to the numerous ways in which everyone can help improve our ocean, our beaches and our community through smart, sustainable practices - Zero Waste.
No matter what you call it. . .litter, trash, debris or junk. . .preventing litter in Dana Point needs a commitment from everyone in our community in order to achieve resolution and success. The City of Dana Point will be embarking on a public education campaign to do just that. Dana Point Zero Waste, Show Your LOVE Dana Point and Dana Point Zero Heroes are three programs that will bring attention to the importance of sustainability in both our homes and businesses and the many ways in which every person in this City can keep Dana Point clean, green and pristine!
A beautiful city doesn't just happen on its own. Make your commitment to the City of Dana Point to help achieve our goal to become a more sustainable beach community.
Show Your LOVE Dana Point and become a Zero Hero!!!
What's your favorite spot in Dana Point? A relaxing park bench to enjoy the scenic views? Sitting on the shore and enjoying the crashing waves? Enjoying a meal while watching boats leave the Harbor? What is it about that place that inspires you and instills a sense of delight and pride to call Dana Point home?
Show Your LOVE Dana Point harnesses the power of community to bring recognition and appreciation to the everyday and familiar things we do to promote anti-littering and resources conservation at home. It also evokes a mindset forward to imparting that same pride and love when we are out in our neighborhood and the community at large. Show Your LOVE Dana Point by making simple personal commitments such as:
Show Your LOVE Dana Point is a frame of mind that recognizes meaningful individual actions collectively result in enriching and enhancing Dana Point's beauty. By creating spirited, inspirational and engaging anti-littering programs and activities, the City encourages folks looking for creative ways to make a difference and ways to become a Zero Hero!!
Steps to Become a Zero Hero:
ADOPT-A-SPOT: Individual friends, neighbors, students as well as community and social groups can choose to adopt a park, a street, a block, a bus stop, a vacant lot, a median or create your own adopted area you feel needs special attention. Your dedication and commitment of time to your "Adoption Spot' will be supported by the City of Dana Point by supplying the items needed to help fulfill your pledge: Zero Hero t-shirt, trash bags, trash grabbers, and gloves. How can the City help you? Remember, every effort counts, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem.
Before and After Photos of Adopt-A-Spot Areas: Attention Zero Heroes!! Show your community pride by submitting before and after photos to the City to bring attention to areas that were once considered trouble spots, but are now litter free thanks to our Zero Heroes. Appreciation, acknowledgement and recognition of a job well done is important to share with our community to prove that nobody can do everything but everybody can do something.
The Only Cure for Litter is YOU: Students. . . Gather your friends and classmates for a group effort in combating litter in your hometown. Do you have community service hours to fulfill this year? Zero Heroes are needed on our beaches, within our parks, at special events taking place in Dana Point throughout the year and in other high traffic areas such as around school entrances/perimeters or trash prone areas to help the City's anti-littering program become a success.
Dana Point is a Zero Waste Place
We can all make smart, sustainable choices by looking at our current habits and practices and seeking ways in which to lessen the amount of waste we produce by 4 simple steps: Reduce, Reuse, Recycling and Repurpose.
EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY: In February 2012, the Dana Point City Council adopted the Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance (DPMC 12-04) in order to REDUCE the adverse environmental impacts of single-use plastic bags and to promote a major shift towards the utilization of REUSABLE bags to carry away goods. The first phase of the Bag Ban commenced on April 1, 2013 for the City's largest retailers. On October 1, 2013, the Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban will begin for the remaining affected retail establishments in Dana Point which includes: grocery stores, convenience stores, minimarts, liquor stores, drug stores, pharmacies, retail stores and all vendors. The bag ban does not apply to plastic product bags used for produce, unprepared fish or meat, bulk food, newspaper, dry-cleaning or pet waste. Additionally, restaurants and other providers of prepared take-out food and liquids are also exempt from the Ordinance.
Did you know that one reusable bag can replace hundreds or even thousands of single-use plastic bags over the course of its lifetime? The advantage of reusable bags is that the bag can be used over and over again, thus creating a positive impact on the environment by reducing the amount of waste from plastic bags as well as reducing the amount of waste from plastic bags as well as reducing the amount of production needed for paper bags.
Practical tips for the Use and Care of Reusable Bags both at home and at the store from the California Department of Public Health are included here.
Additionally, the City of Dana Point will be launching a signage program to inform our multi-family residents who utilize waste bins and for the public pertaining to our public trash cans throughout the City. Did you know that waste disposed in these locations is processed at a recycling facility in order to pull out the maximum number of recyclable materials? This process REDUCES the volume of waste being hauled to the landfill and increases the amount of goods available to RECYCLE.
WHAT ABOUT AT HOME? Do you have clothing/furniture/small appliances that can be REUSED by friends or neighbors? How about collecting those partially used paint cans, household cleansers and herbicides/pesticides you no longer need and taking them to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located within the Prima Deshecha Landfill once a year? While you are there, please visit the Stop and Swap Material Exchange Program to check out their supply of partially used household, yard and car-care products. This free service allows OC residents to take 5 items home with them for REUSE. Please click on the link to learn more about the Household Hazardous Waste programs.
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES: Sustainability is a business strategy. Dana Point businesses may also earn accolades and awards that designate them as a Zero Waste Place. Going sustainable is indeed one of the most gallant and intelligent goals that a business can strive to achieve - helping out our beaches, lessening operational costs while attracting more customers who are more than willing to support a business with sustainable practices and waste reduction goals. Sustainability goals may be achieved through a variety of means such as: Waste Reduction and Recycling, Alternative Transportation, Green Purchasing, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention and Staff Training and Public Awareness.
With the implementation of State Law AB341 (Mandatory Commercial Recycling effective July 1, 2013) businesses, more than ever, have a vested interest in recycling their business waste in order to promote sustainable business practices while enjoying cost savings with waste disposal.
Here are 8 simple things you can do to promote Sustainability at the Office:
Open the windows and turn off the A/C
Create a company-wide environmental policy (please click here to view the City of Dana Point's internal policy)
Call CR&R, the City's waste hauler, to learn more about the variety of recycling programs available to your business and how you may benefit from these sustainable programs
Purchase recycled-content office supplies and buy from local merchants, manufacturers and farmers
Donate unwanted office equipment or materials for reuse or recycling
Retrofit lighting and water fixtures for efficiency
Reduce or eliminate toxic chemical use
Encourage transportation alternatives for employees - Bike to work!
Share your success story about your business' sustainable practices with us and be recognized for smart, sensible actions. How did you face your challenges and achieve success in reducing waste from your business? What are some of your future goals towards becoming a Zero Waste Place and what steps will your business take to achieve them?
Please visit the links below for some helpful resources on the journey to business sustainability: