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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TheTek Jun 19, 2019 02:09 PM
Confetti is Litter

Let's stop deleting all the ruthless comments. They expose the disrespect that lurks in these here parts. It is freedom of speech and expression. LoL

a-1560980696 Jun 19, 2019 02:44 PM
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THETEK - the frustrating part is that it's more than just the ruthless ones, it's any comment that refutes or condemns the racist comments.

a-1560897051 Jun 18, 2019 03:30 PM
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I like cascarones. I think the city should loudly proclaim that henceforth no plastic or Mylar confetti will be allowed, and eventually maybe they can work on requiring some sort of harmless type of paper confetti (without harmful dyes). Peer pressure would eventually help with enforcement, though it would take awhile ("you can't sell those if I can't..."). I would also like to see the cascarone sellers limited to small footprints on the sidewalks, not the massive stacks of egg crates spread about. Or maybe only allow sellers to move around, selling from hand-held baskets. Just dial it back a bit.

Factotum Jun 18, 2019 03:36 PM
Confetti is Litter

Sell cascarones only at Fiesta permitted booths - and sales profits go support a local non-profit of choice, just like all the other non-profit fund-raising Fiesta activities. Unpermitted scofflaws have ruined this for everyone.

GeneralTree Jun 18, 2019 02:59 PM
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But the haters of confetti would frack an ounce of crude oil right out from under your grandmother's gravestone. The hypocrisy thickens.

SBAMARK Jun 18, 2019 02:30 PM
Confetti is Litter

The homeless encampments leave mounds of trash daily and nobody bawks- a little confetti for the sake of tradition should be tolerated 1 week out of the year

SBAMARK Jun 18, 2019 11:17 PM
Confetti is Litter

A150 yours is what as known as "ignoramus butholulia" get a clue

a-1560902729 Jun 18, 2019 05:05 PM
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SBAMARK. Yours is what as known as "ignoratio elenchi" (ignoring refutation). "Missing the point, is the informal fallacy of presenting an argument that may or may not be logically valid and sound, but (whose conclusion) fails to address the issue in question."

a-1560897129 Jun 18, 2019 03:32 PM
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"mounds" of litter are much easier to clean up than an equal weight of tiny bits of paper that blow about everywhere.

Red Creek Jun 18, 2019 12:59 PM
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Fiesta was not always "a mess" with non-permitted vendors selling factory produced cascarones and mountains of cheap clothing and tourist goods. It was, and always has been up to recently, put on by folks who lived in an around Santa Barbara, worked downtown, and enjoyed the local party. Food was produced by the non-profits, and the crowds were modest. These problems of trash, non-permitted vendors, large crowds and associated problems have happened in the past twenty years, perhaps an offshoot of tourism industry promotion and growth? In any event, the trash should be the first to be banned, as it serves no public purpose to have a pile of plastic confetti at your feet (or in your hair) or worst of all, on our beaches.

a-1560958621 Jun 19, 2019 08:37 AM
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At 5:18 - you have got to be kidding. You're upset that our "Old Spanish Days" has vendors with sombreros and other touristy "trash" from Mexico?? Seriously, what do you expect? Would you prefer vendors selling high end art? Fancy clothes? What do you think people should be selling on the streets at a Spanish/Mexican festival in a tourist town?

REX OF SB Jun 18, 2019 05:36 PM
Confetti is Litter

Bravo, RED CREEK! You said it all.

a-1560903521 Jun 18, 2019 05:18 PM
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RED CREEK. You always are the voice of reason on these threads. Thank you for that. Last time my significant other and I went to downtown Fiesta was a few years back. We hadn't walked Fiesta State St in a while. We were completely floored by the amount of vendors crowding the sidewalks. This was Fiesta? Obviously these cascarone sellers are part of an out-of-town operation that swarms up to Santa Barbara to sell their wares. But what really got us was the booths with junky (and I do mean El Cheapo) crap that was being hawked right near De La Guerra Plaza: sombreros, sandals, kitschy trash items brought up from Mexico. I felt like I was no longer in my home town, but stuck in some terrible disaster of a movie taking place in a turistos creepy part of Tijuana.

LCP112233 Jun 18, 2019 05:00 PM
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Zero. The article of attention here is about confetti eggs and litter. Vagrants and sloppy drunks are for another conversation or article. There are plenty of problems with them as well.

ZeroHawk Jun 18, 2019 04:46 PM
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really? I've been going with my family as a kid since 1982 and it's been the same...year after year. What blows me away, is that a bunch of wankers crying over confetti eggs! FFS people...let's not focus on the alcohol related fights, thefts, accidents, sexual assaults, people passed out on State, etc....I sadly, stepped over 6 passed out drunks simply walking down Ortega Street to State and DLG last year...now THAT is more of a problem.

LCP112233 Jun 18, 2019 01:50 PM
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Mr. Tree. The fact is life experience, living through many decades of Fiesta. It has changed, and not for the better.

LCP112233 Jun 18, 2019 01:48 PM
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Well said Red Creek. And that, is why I have not gone to Fiesta in over 20 years.

GeneralTree Jun 18, 2019 01:31 PM
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Red Creek - please tell me your perception on the history of Fiesta. I'm going to doubt when Leo Carillo was parade marshall that everyone selling street food was permitted. You have no facts or data.

oops Jun 18, 2019 08:45 AM
Confetti is Litter

"we encourage you to choose paper confetti" does this mean we can begin throwing those crappy paper straws on the ground without consequence?

PitMix Jun 18, 2019 02:40 PM
Confetti is Litter

I consider any straw stuck up the nose of any sea turtle to be a problem for everyone, including SB. It's a small planet that we live on, and getting smaller by the day.

oops Jun 18, 2019 09:13 AM
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Since SB never had a straw up the sea turtle problem, I would disagree...confetti has more consequence

PitMix Jun 18, 2019 08:53 AM
Confetti is Litter

Less consequence than a plastic straw stuck in the nose of a sea turtle.

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