Morro Bay plans to ban Styrofoam
September 22, 2015
Like San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay will soon ban Styrofoam, according to a city news release.
On Sept. 8, the Morro Bay City Council endorsed a ban on Styrofoam products and directed staff to draft a corresponding ordinance. The council also asked staff to engages businesses in a “robust education and outreach campaign” before the ordinance is adopted, the press release states.
City staff will attempt to partner on the issue with the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and the the Morro Bay Merchants Association. Staff plans to make businesses aware of the potential ban, as well as the impacts of Styrofoam on the environment and human health.
Styrofoam is not recyclable, and it can leach into food and drinks when heated or when it comes in contact with hot foods, according to the city.
In June, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously to ban Styrofoam food and drink containers. The ordinance will prohibit restaurants from giving Styrofoam containers to customers, and it will ban the retail sale of Styrofoam containers that are not encased with a more durable material.
San Luis Obispo is thus far the only city in the county to have banned Styrofoam products. More than 80 cities in California have enacted similar bans.