Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Oceanside to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics.
The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Oceanside. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon request and utensils for takeout orders only upon request. The ordinance also includes a retail ban on coolers, beach toys, egg cartons, food service ware (plates, cups, etc), or food trays made, in whole or in part, from polystyrene foam that is not wholly encapsulated or encased within a non-polystyrene foam material. (Those flimsy white foam coolers that easily break into smaller pieces are out, but the durable Igloo-type coolers are still allowed.)
Relevant Posts & Updates
Action Alert for Wednesday, March 17 The City of Oceanside is hosting a public workshop on their proposed Marine Debris Reduction Ordinance today, March 17,
A single-use plastic pollution reduction ordinance on the horizon The City of Oceanside hosted two public community workshops via ZOOM on October 5 & 6,