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Support a Strong Plastics Ordinance in Carlsbad

Urge the Carlsbad City Council to deliver a deathblow to single-use plastic foodware

The Carlsbad City Council unanimously adopted a Sustainable Materials Management Implementation Plan on Dec 14, 2021. The comprehensive plan not only addresses organic waste, it includes a road map of recommended single-use plastic reduction measures.

The first of these measures is a single-use plastic foodware reduction ordinance. 

The draft is available below and on the City’s website for review, with a first round of public comments accepted until Thursday, March 18.

After the comment period, city staff plans to present the ordinance to the City Council for a vote on Tuesday, April 5 (date to be confirmed).


If button doesn't work, click HERE for a Google Doc w/ suggested comments

The ordinance, summarized

The Single-Use Foodware Reduction Ordinance includes the following:

  • A ban on single-use plastic foodware and polystyrene by July 2023. Only reusable or compostable (i.e., accepted for collection in the city’s organic materials collection program) will be allowed. This language goes above and beyond State law and would be the strongest of its kind in San Diego County.
  •  “Skip the Stuff” — based on California AB-1276, requiring that restaurants and food delivery services provide single-use straws, condiments, utensils, etc. only upon request. The implementation date for Carlsbad is June 2022, which is in alignment with the State law. 

Surfrider is strongly in favor of Carlsbad’s Single-Use Foodware Reduction Ordinance, and we need your support to ensure it passes. If you agree that local action is required to address plastic pollution along our coastline and in our ocean, please submit a written comment showing your support by Thursday, March 18.

Submit a written comment by Thursday, March 18

Use the button below to instantly email our templated letter of support. Please feel free to personalize the template, and if you are a Carlsbad resident, definitely include that information.


If button doesn't work, click HERE for a Google Doc w/ suggested comments

While our template makes it’s easy, we encourage you to write your own email to express your specific concerns about single-use plastics and the reasons you support the ordinance.

Please send to & with Single-Use Foodware Reduction Ordinance in the subject line.

 If you have any questions or would like more information about how you can contribute, please email