Confetti is Litter

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Confetti is Litter
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Source: City of Santa Barbara, Parks and Recreation Department

The City of Santa Barbara would like to remind the community that throwing and leaving confetti, sequins, and glitter on the ground is littering.

The use of confetti at Santa Barbara parades and festivals is growing, in both the number of events where confetti is used and the volume of confetti tossed.

While confetti eggs or cascarones have long been a tradition at Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days, we are now seeing large bags of confetti being dumped on our sidewalks, streets, and parks during Summer Solstice, Fourth of July, Fiesta, and Holiday parades and celebrations.

In addition to paper confetti, the volume of shiny metallic confetti, sequins, and glitter is increasing. These are all made of plastic and are often mistaken for food and consumed by birds and other animals. Confetti can easily wash or blow into our storm drains, creeks, and ocean, where it poses a threat to aquatic life.

Event organizers, Downtown Santa Barbara, and City staff all work in concert to clean up after community events, but confetti is particularly difficult to pick up. Even following extensive sweeping and vacuuming of our sidewalks and streets, confetti remains trapped in concrete and asphalt, between bricks and pavers, in planters and parkways, and in the grass in our parks.

While you’re celebrating in Santa Barbara, we encourage you to choose paper confetti and use it sparingly!

Learn more at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Confetti.

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Thomas John Jun 17, 2019 01:25 PM
Confetti is Litter

True, true. We have so many laws that are not enforced.

Factotum Jun 17, 2019 01:33 PM
Confetti is Litter

...**selectively** not enforced.

GeneralTree Jun 17, 2019 02:12 PM
Confetti is Litter

How do you know the people selling in the carts are immigrants?

Thomas John Jun 17, 2019 03:16 PM
Confetti is Litter

or maybe selectively enforced is more accurate

Thomas John Jun 17, 2019 03:16 PM
Confetti is Litter

or maybe selectively enforced is more accurate

SBWalkers Jun 18, 2019 07:55 AM
Confetti is Litter

Two of my favorites are smokers that also leave their butts on the street, and the 'children in cars' that speed down Haley and Gutierrez where the speed limit is 25. Both would be sooooo easy to enforce, but nooooooooo...

SBWalkers Jun 18, 2019 07:55 AM
Confetti is Litter

Two of my favorites are smokers that also leave their butts on the street, and the 'children in cars' that speed down Haley and Gutierrez where the speed limit is 25. Both would be sooooo easy to enforce, but nooooooooo...

SBWalkers Jun 18, 2019 07:57 AM
Confetti is Litter

Two of my favorites are smokers that also leave their butts on the street, and the 'children in cars' that speed down Haley, Gutierrez and Montecito where the speed limit is 25. Both would be sooooo easy to enforce, but nooooooooo...

biguglystick Jun 18, 2019 11:18 AM
Confetti is Litter

The ONLY laws the cops care about is the DUIs. That is where the big money comes from. They dont' care to enforce the little stuff. Fiesta is like a free-for-all for them!

Flicka Jun 17, 2019 01:20 PM
Confetti is Litter

I think the cascaroni makers need to be warned about using anything but paper confetti. Confiscate anything else. They will get the picture for next year.

GeneralTree Jun 17, 2019 02:12 PM
Confetti is Litter

Yes - let's create a local government agency to regulate and enforce.

a-1560825445 Jun 17, 2019 07:37 PM
Confetti is Litter

FLICKA. You're a local. "Cascarones," not cascaroni. (Maybe you're hungry for mac and cheese?)

Factotum Jun 17, 2019 03:03 PM
Confetti is Litter

Fiesta has always been a fund-raiser for local non-profits, with lots of volunteers who work long and hard to keep its traditional activities going. it is not an un taxed, unpermitted free for all sidewalk gauntlet that discourages locals from even coming down town. Bring back the original spirit of Fiesta - ban unpermitted vendors and stop making others clean up their non-sanctioned messes.

a-1560810268 Jun 17, 2019 03:24 PM
Confetti is Litter

Erm, no, no one is saying the tradition should stop. Vendors and customers alike should be aware of and seek to avoid the problems plastic glitter causes.

Sam The Dog Jun 17, 2019 04:31 PM
Confetti is Litter

I'm saying it should stop. This town has too many environmental hypocrites who protest anything oil related and ban plastic straws yet think it's okay to litter our streets, storm drains and oceans for a few weeks a year because it's "tradition". Plastic or paper, they are still a mess and still pollutants that end up in our oceans.

a-1560825189 Jun 17, 2019 07:33 PM
Confetti is Litter

SAM THE DOG. I picked up two plastic straws on the beach yesterday and another one today at Oak Park, right atop the Mission Creek embankment. Banning plastic straws is the smart and right thing to do.

LCP112233 Jun 17, 2019 03:04 PM
Confetti is Litter

Selling without a permit or paying sales tax is more unlawful than littering. Somehow this state seems to think it's above the law.

a-1560979548 Jun 19, 2019 02:25 PM
Confetti is Litter

State laws are very different than Federal Jurisdiction, what are you saying. I guess you don't like living in California. Cali is named after Khalifa, any one know the history of this unrelated facoid? LoL

a-1560816797 Jun 17, 2019 05:13 PM
Confetti is Litter

Coscarones and Mylar/plastic confetti are the main reason I am an anti-Fiestite. In the days and weeks after “america’s largest equestrian parade”, I see lots of it on beaches, presumably washed down storm drains. We should have a zero tolerance policy for this nuisance.

a-1560825923 Jun 17, 2019 07:45 PM
Confetti is Litter

There's no set-in-stone reason for confetti to be part of Fiesta. If the "tradition" continues to be a part of Fiesta, then shredded mylar/plastic along with the mylar/plastic decorations on the eggs should not be allowed. Personally, I would like to see the whole cascarones thing done away with entirely. I am pretty darn certain the dyes in the bits of paper and the glues used are not healthy for our oceans and creeks.

mattyboy Jun 17, 2019 08:14 PM
Confetti is Litter

I love all the plastic confetti & trash, not to mention getting hit in the face by any number of flashing noise makers! After my epileptic fit, I drag my junk through broken glass to top it off. ¡VIVA FIESTA!

Shasta Guy Jun 17, 2019 08:22 PM
Confetti is Litter

I see all the confetti after Fiesta and I just think of all the wonderful fun so many kids and people had. I think of all the families saving up the eggs during the year in anticipation of another Fiesta. I’d rather see that than whole bunch of cigarette butts discarded by people burning their lungs out.

LCP112233 Jun 18, 2019 12:31 PM
Confetti is Litter

Don't kid yourself. It's all about the all mighty dollar.

GeneralTree Jun 17, 2019 11:54 PM
Confetti is Litter

I'm more concerned about the hundreds of drunks that will will get in their cars and drive on our roads after getting tanked in downtown establishments during Fiesta.

biguglystick Jun 18, 2019 11:12 AM
Confetti is Litter

I wouldn't worry about that. They bring in cops from beyond all three counties to arrest drunk drivers. It's their biggest pay day of the year. They don't care about anything else but DUIs. That's what brings in the money, honey.

Factotum Jun 18, 2019 03:42 PM
Confetti is Litter

General Tree, multi-task. Care about both. It is not one or the other. Excess is the issue - and that is what now demands some form of regulation. Back to the Spirit of Fiesta - non-profit booths selling appropriate items to benefit the local community.

Rinconer Jun 18, 2019 07:46 AM
Confetti is Litter

If you wait until Sunday nite of Fiesta Weekend at midnight, a small army of men with leaf blowers will gather, a 10 foot mountain of confetti around State & Ortega. A monument to litter.

a-1560869661 Jun 18, 2019 07:54 AM
Confetti is Litter

Local environmental hypocrites support Street Confetti TRASH from the right people because they are social justice politically correct group-thinkers who can’t risk being called racists, or voicing any concern against Mexican culture. Count the numbers who come out with confetti for the Fiesta versus a flag for 4th of July Parade to celebrate our country. Observe how clean the streets are after the 4th of July Parade. Environmentalists come join Patriots with your flag.

Luvaduck Jun 18, 2019 07:58 AM
Confetti is Litter

Like IV Delatopia did, Fiesta has become an expensive mess. It needs to be cut back. Banning confetti, another litter that fills fish bellies until they can't hold food and they slowly starve to death is a good start. The majority of the eggs are brought in from elsewhere and are no longer a cottage industry, so that's no excuse if it ever was.

ZeroHawk Jun 18, 2019 09:27 AM
Confetti is Litter

its always been a mess. you either enjoy it or don't enjoy it and stay away from downtown. simple.

LCP112233 Jun 18, 2019 10:17 AM
Confetti is Litter

If you close your eyes and turn your head you will not see the fish dying.

LCP112233 Jun 18, 2019 10:19 AM
Confetti is Litter

This comment was intended for Zero.

PitMix Jun 18, 2019 08:54 AM
Confetti is Litter

Local police do not check citizenship status on routine stops. And ICE doesn't attend solstice or Fiesta. So I doubt this is on the top ten things of what undocumented immigrants worry about.

buckwheat Jun 18, 2019 08:19 AM
Confetti is Litter

I have long been an opponent of cascarones and have suggested that the best way to stop their use would be to ticket those using them for littering! Imagine how much money would be generated to help with the cost of cleanup.

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