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Styrofoam Ban

Long Beach Bans Styrofoam

Release Date: 2018-05-04

Today I signed into law an ordinance that bans Styrofoam food containers. This law will phase out the distribution of these single-use plastic products that find their way into our rivers and the oceans. These products are causing major damage to marine life and our ecosystem.

Starting immediately, all City departments will only buy sustainable products, including those that are compostable. And over the next 18 months, restaurants and small businesses will begin to phase out polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, containers as well. Many of our small businesses have already stopped using polystyrene and have joined together to form a buying cooperative that purchases recyclable and reuseable products at significant discounts. 

I want to thank the City Council, especially Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez who authored the ordinance, for their work on moving Long Beach forward. This would not also have been possible without the work of the Sustainable City Commission and the numerous environmental organizations leading the way.