Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

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Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

In partnership with Heal the Ocean, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, and Downtown Santa Barbara, 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. Confetti is harmful to our environment, and difficult and expensive to clean up after parades and festivals.

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.

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

  • Storm drains lead to our creeks and ocean untreated.
  • Confetti can be mistaken for food by birds, fish, and other wildlife.
  • Shiny metallic confetti, sequins, and glitter are all made of plastic, which is not biodegradable.
  • Throwing confetti and leaving it behind is littering.

Are you a vendor making cascarones to sell?

Please only use paper confetti (or leaves!), and do not add plastic or foam decorations on the outside of the eggs. You can find timely supplemental information here ahead of the festivities.

Selling Cascarones
La venta cascarones

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Thomas John Jul 25, 2022 08:02 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

From the City's guidance document, lots of soft language...'please' and 'we discourage'.

"Help keep Santa Barbara clean and beautiful!
• Please only use paper confetti.
• We discourage the use of metallic (Mylar) confetti,
sequins, and glitter.
• We discourage plastic and foam decorations on
the exteriors of cascarones.
• We discourage the sale of bags of confetti."

sbmh2015 Jul 25, 2022 11:51 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

Unless you stop the sales of this or enforce the littering law, nothing will happen. Up by Mackenzie Park, part of Samarkand neighborhood gets littered with this stuff when fiesta is held. The big streets downtown get cleaned. Ours do not. It's on sidewalks, in our planting areas, etc so street sweeping is ineffictive. Note that I am not complaining. Just stating facts about what happens. Why bother putting out these weak statements when they won't do anything about it ?

sbsunshine Jul 25, 2022 07:11 PM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

City needs an ordinance that prohibits the sale of these. The community that sells these has been making them the last 12 months to prepare for this event. They buy the cheapest things to stuff it with so lots of plastic and mylar. They don't think about the ocean and animals. Its very Maslow Hierarchy of Needs. The people that make them are money-driven and will not stop from selling them. Environmental concern is not on their minds unfortunately. The article and "govt. speak" changes nothing. The only good news is Heal the Ocean. But using the resources of a non-profit to try and prevent those that are unconscious and profit-driven sellers is silly. Get to the root cause and stop this nonsense.

NostraChumash Jul 25, 2022 08:01 PM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

I say, sweep it up by the ton, & in the Spirit of Fiesta,
while singing & celebrating..
pour it into the Mayors office.
It will take Years to clean.
Done deal.

Sbshe Jul 26, 2022 05:32 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

Or maybe it’ll absorb all the urine on State Street and help with the stench down there. Personally, I prefer confetti on our streets than human waste. Way more sanitary….

MarcelK Jul 26, 2022 04:59 PM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

You prefer urine-soaked confetti to urine ... that's quite a bizarre attempt to deflect from the problem of confetti pollution.

sbpajuco108 Jul 26, 2022 07:00 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

It’s a never ending problem here in SB it’s not just Fiesta time the cascarone eggs come out for any festival now and they cost money to buy most selling don’t even have a permit to sell them! So I think it’s the City council’s or police issue for letting them set up on a huge corner and sell them and now that the parade is on Cabrillo Blvd. now it’s even closer to the ocean! Stop having articles about it and do something about it there is still remnants of confetti on the streets since Summer Solstice and 4th of July it’s a never ending problem in SB.

Steve_O Jul 26, 2022 09:14 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

Yeah....it's only been happening forever. Why don't you libs just cut to the chase and outlaw the whole festival. The city is littered with trash as it is anymore. Start with that before cancelling Halloween.

I'm sure edhat will be deleting this in 3, 2, 1....

Gimli Jul 26, 2022 09:28 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

The homeless throw their trash everywhere in the city of SB all year round, empty alcohol bottles and cans, syringes and needles, cigarette butts, empty food containers and wrappers, setting fires in their encampments, urinate and defecate on the streets and off to the side of the buildings. But that's OK, right? They are not ruining our environment. But by God!! Confetti!! Only twice year, Solstice and Fiesta confetti will make climate change even worse here in SB!! Extreme heat in the winter, freezing cold in the summer, and our ocean will rise and wipe out all of the city of SB!! All because of the evil "CONFETTI!!!!"

Ehdat Jul 26, 2022 09:45 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

Nobody allows or condones the homeless from throwing trash everywhere. There is just nobody to pick it up. Do your part or zip it.

Ehdat Jul 26, 2022 09:42 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

Why doesn't the City become more proactive and provide free bags of environmentally-friendly confetti to any "eggtrepreneur" that is willing to come by and pick it up the months before Fiesta??? Like how sandbags are provided during flood times.

Gimli Jul 26, 2022 10:34 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

EDHAT - I would do my part if I was a Captain of an Imperial Starship Cruiser and round them all up and take them light years away from our galaxy and dump them on a earth type planet and to survive on their own. Then SB will be sparkling clean. Only wishful thinking that it can happen on my part.

Luvaduck Jul 26, 2022 11:13 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

Cascarones makers have no business license, pay no taxes on what they sell and have no clean-up costs. It's a destructive practise that needs to cease in <public> places including parks. If people want to do it at home, or in a facility they rent and pay clean-up for, it's none-of-our-business. Otherwise, it is our business. Our taxes go for cleanup and the environment, particularly the ocean and marine creatures take the brunt of it. Maybe a hundred years ago it didn't matter, but increased world population makes it a practise that should be abandoned.

OGSB Jul 26, 2022 06:49 PM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

That's the solution. Make them all have a license to sell, like everyone else, and enforce taxation!
So basically enforce the law. I don't understand why these street vendors, and others like them, are allowed to skirt the system, but others are held to the law. Folks at the art show or various craft shows have to, seems pretty much the same without all the mess! Food trucks have to, but there are carts every day on the Eastside that don't...

sbsunshine Jul 27, 2022 01:31 AM
Viva la…Confetti is Still Litter

Maybe because they are voters and if you irritate a certain ethnic community you won't get the votes. Just a guess. Would need to look at the voter registration data.

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