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Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña is concerned about the North Pacific Gyre, an island of plastic debris floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Saldaña's also concerned about the plastic caps from soda and water bottles that are left behind on the state's beaches and parks. According to a study conducted on Orange County beaches, an estimated 88,000 plastic caps have been left behind on the 40-miles of coastline.

Trying to put a lid on the problem, Saldaña introduced Assembly Bill 925, a bill that requires all single-use plastic bottle manufacturers to tether the lids and caps to every bottle they make. The bill also prohibits retailers from selling any plastic bottle with unattached caps after January 2012.

Saldaña is asking local municipalities to draft letters endorsing the bill. On Wednesday, August 26, during a meeting of the Solana Beach city council, councilmembers drafted that letter. After some discussion, however, the environmentally conscious council decided that Assembly Bill 925 isn't all that sound.

"I think this has great merit. But, I read the bill and found a few loopholes," said Mayor Mike Nichols before picking up an empty plastic water bottle as a prop. Nichols feels the problem isn't just with unattached caps, it's because not all recycling facilities are capable of recycling the plastic tops.

"What [the bill] is asking to do is create another piece of plastic to attach to another piece of plastic and when it goes to the recycling facility, if they can't recycle it, then they just have to pull it off. So that piece of plastic is created in vain. I hate to see making more plastic."

City staff is composing a letter to Saldaña in support of the bill but with some amendments.

Councilmember Lesa Heebner: "[We should] put something in the letter saying 'Let's not stop at the bottle caps being tethered, but let's ensure that by this certain date that all recycling facilities are able to recycle all parts of the bottle.'"

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PistolPete Aug. 29, 2009 @ 12:32 p.m.

There have got to be better things for our elected officials to do. If this passes,I will just pull off the plastic cap,save it and when my collection gets bigger,go to an Orange County beach and dump them in the sand. This environmental s*** HAS to stop.

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rickeysays Aug. 30, 2009 @ 2:10 a.m.

Why don't you bury your head in the sand while you're at it.

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Harvestmoon Sept. 2, 2009 @ 9:51 a.m.

Pistol Pete WTF is your problem that you're ANTI - the natural world which is what gives you life? Instead of valuing the best part of Southern CA, the beaches (why do you live here!?)...to the contrary you actually want to try to CONTRIBUTE to the growing plastic islands in the Pacific. Just because you do not approve of legislation that gets passed does that somehow give you a license to attack places of sheer natural beauty that would be the only entities harmed in your evil scheme. Do something more productive than hording bottle lids to dump...maybe trying to stop legislation you don't like or making a difference in some way. Btw in theory I am against legislation like that (why can't people simply pick up after themselves without the gov't intervening!) Unfortunately there are too many people that can't do these simple things (mainly bc they don't think about a picture bigger than themsleves!) and need big brother to give them a hand in being responsible.

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PistolPete Sept. 2, 2009 @ 12:32 p.m.

LMAO! I was being facetious in my comment about hoarding bottle caps. The ONLY reason Eco-geeks want Big Brother legislation passed is because it only helps them! People who care about the planet are only worried about the space around them. If you want to go to the beach on your day off and pick up litter,fine. Don't expect me to join you because this planet WILL survive anything we can throw at it. Did you even watch the video link? Doesn't sound like you did. What Carlin says IS the truth. It IS fact.

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rickeysays Sept. 2, 2009 @ 3:12 p.m.

Pete: 1)Just because you don't like the messengers doesn't mean you can ignore the message. 2) You're kidding yourself if you think humanity can't do damage to the planet. Do some research. 3) Endangered species today are almost universally endangered because of our actions, mostly encroachment on their habitats. Instead of getting your environmental science philosophy from a comedian, try reading a little actual science.

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PistolPete Sept. 2, 2009 @ 3:33 p.m.

The point of the video was to laugh at all the eco-geeks who think we're somehow damaging the planet. We're not. Like Carlin says,we're going away. Have you ever noticed that anything eco-friendly is more expensive than the regular stuff? Why is that? Maybe because all this Save The Planet s is a scam. It's a way for you to pony up big bucks to not feel guilty. I don't buy into it. Global warming? BULLS! Our Earth is on a cooling trend. The next ice age is upon us. Al Gore is a politician. Whenever he opens his mouth,all I hear is"You're a sheep. You WILL give us your hard earned money".

George Carlin may have been a comedian but he was VERY intelligent and educated. The word humor comes from the word humility. Humility is another way of saying humble. If you want to be a non-thinking sheep who obeys what everyone around you thinks,be my guest. I'm a thinker. I like to weigh the pros and cons. When the rain forest is gone,the planet WILL adapt. We however,are too stupid as human beings to adapt. Also,like Carlin said,the planet has been through worse things than aluminum cans and diapers in our landfills.

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Harvestmoon Sept. 3, 2009 @ 7:04 a.m.

"We however,are too stupid as human beings to adapt. "

Well said Pistol, I agree with this one statement at least!

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Lovesblues July 22, 2011 @ 1:25 p.m.

The problem as I see it is that the caps are not recycleable. So, either make the lids environmentally friendly, or offer a bounty for them, just like the cigarette butts.

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