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Litter cleanups lead to ban on single-use plastic water bottles

South Tahoe Now | Sara Letton, City of South Lake Tahoe | Marilee Movius, League to Save Lake Tahoe | Madonna Dunbar, Tahoe Water Suppliers Association
March 27, 2024

Since the League’s start in 1957, we have used science to come up with smart solutions that Keep Tahoe Blue. Together with you—our team of citizen scientist volunteers—we collect data on water quality, invasive species, and litter. We analyze this data to make smart decisions that work over the long term to protect the Lake. Our analysis of litter data gathered over a decade of cleanup events has helped pass bans on plastic bags, Styrofoam, and now in 2024, single-use plastic water bottles. Read on for more.


“This Earth Day, Ditch Plastics and Protect Tahoe”

Earth Day in Tahoe is coming fast. Alongside community festivals, litter cleanups, and an atmosphere of doing right by the planet, an important change is coming to fight pollution here at home. Beginning on Earth Day, April 22, the sale and distribution of single-use plastic water bottles under one gallon will be banned in the City of South Lake Tahoe.

What does it mean?
For residents and visitors, this means you will no longer be able to get single-use plastic bottles of water at restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses throughout the city. However, gallon and larger sizes will continue to be available, and an exemption is triggered during declared emergencies. You can also purchase water bottled in aluminum or paper cartons. But of course, the best option continues to be our world-class Tahoe tap water. Treat yourself: Drink Tahoe Tap©…

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