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
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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-1574428684 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-1574428684 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
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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
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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
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A150 yours is what as known as "ignoramus butholulia" get a clue

a-1574428684 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-1574428684 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-1574428684 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
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Bravo, RED CREEK! You said it all.

a-1574428684 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
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"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
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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
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Less consequence than a plastic straw stuck in the nose of a sea turtle.

Crystalandmaui Jun 18, 2019 08:20 AM
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The confetti eggs are a huge mess, and maybe should no longer be sold, when I’m down there, that’s exactly what I think wow what a big mess. Then the street sweepers come and get most of it. All venders are supposed to have a license and pay taxes. Are they being checked all the sellers, they should be, if they do not have the proper papers they should be told to leave. Each year I go they are more and more people selling those eggs, what a waste.

a-1574428684 Jun 18, 2019 05:27 PM
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ZEROHAWK. This is your pro-plastic confetti rebuttal argument? You go on the attack? The entire point here is that much of the plastic/mylar trash (not just the eggs' innards, but the exterior plastic/mylar decorations and glue) ends up in the storm drains and even hangs around for weeks after in the planted areas. The clean up doesn't catch every bit of the plastic trash. It saddens me that someone who has lived here for so long doesn't feel more protective about and kind toward Santa Barbara's beaches and ocean.

a-1574428684 Jun 18, 2019 03:30 PM
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We have a mayor and 6 councilmembers. They ride in the parade, waving for votes and do nothing about the litter. Four of them are up for election this year. How much do you want to bet that none of them will do any cleanups. Councilmember Dale Francisco used to help in the Milpas area cleanups. You don't see that happening with the ones we have now. Too bad he's such a despised (in this town) minority.

ZeroHawk Jun 18, 2019 09:26 AM
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wow you're just a grinch then arent you? i've lived downtown most of my 48 years here and we absolutely love the eggs, confetti and the entire party. MY taxes go to help clean it up and i'm happy about that.

buckwheat Jun 18, 2019 08:19 AM
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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.

ZeroHawk Jun 18, 2019 09:26 AM
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cool. just stay away from downtown and the festivals. problem solved....

PitMix Jun 18, 2019 08:54 AM
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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.

Luvaduck Jun 18, 2019 07:58 AM
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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.

LCP112233 Jun 18, 2019 10:19 AM
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This comment was intended for Zero.

LCP112233 Jun 18, 2019 10:17 AM
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If you close your eyes and turn your head you will not see the fish dying.

ZeroHawk Jun 18, 2019 09:27 AM
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its always been a mess. you either enjoy it or don't enjoy it and stay away from downtown. simple.

a-1574428684 Jun 18, 2019 07:54 AM
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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.

Rinconer Jun 18, 2019 07:46 AM
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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.

GeneralTree Jun 17, 2019 11:54 PM
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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.

Factotum Jun 18, 2019 03:42 PM
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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.

biguglystick Jun 18, 2019 11:12 AM
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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.

Shasta Guy Jun 17, 2019 08:22 PM
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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.

mattyboy Jun 17, 2019 08:14 PM
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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!

a-1574428684 Jun 17, 2019 07:45 PM
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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.

a-1574428684 Jun 17, 2019 05:13 PM
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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.

LCP112233 Jun 17, 2019 03:04 PM
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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-1574428684 Jun 19, 2019 02:25 PM
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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-1574428684 Jun 17, 2019 07:33 PM
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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.

Sam The Dog Jun 17, 2019 04:31 PM
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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-1574428684 Jun 17, 2019 03:24 PM
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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.

Factotum Jun 17, 2019 03:03 PM
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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.

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