Have you ever noticed how much trash and littering takes place in certain areas? You can't imagine how many plastic products are thrown into the ocean: 8 million tons entering each year. What could we possibly do to stop so much trash from being dumped into our everyday lives and beloved beaches? Seaside is working on a solution. We are proposing ordinances for bans to eliminate single-use items in Rockport Massachusetts, forging the way for a cleaner, greener, and healthier world. Our goals are to reduce the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) items including plastic single-use bags, plastic cutlery, single-use water bottles, balloons and plastic straws. There will be efforts to ban plastic bags in places like grocery stores and replacing them with biodegradable paper or reusable bags. It is important to realize our impact littering and waste has not only because of harsh chemicals but hazards to our surrounding environment. Nothing affects you as a citizen of the environment more directly than littering. One of the biggest threats that our society poses to the ocean is our use of plastic products: Because of this, it is important to think about the change that we can make in our own backyards.