Morro Bay plans to ban Styrofoam

September 22, 2015

styrofoam_1Like 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.



  1. Snoid says:

    Ban Styrofoam and plastic bags and continue to lure hundreds of thousands of tourist, the cars they drive, pollution they make, environmental destruction they create like trash,graffiti, human waste, noise, vandalism, garbage from products purchased locally, water usage, road degradation, etc,etc. Recon that cash money is environmentally friendly eh?

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  2. HarryMalone says:

    Maybe Morro Bay might also consider a ban on ‘IRON’.

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  3. taxpayer says:

    Also on the agenda, stealing the Tourism Bureau’s money so they can give it to consultants and hire more managers. And let’s not forget also spending money on new electronic water meters. I almost forgot and also voting on a new marine sanctuary which will make it harder to fish and more expensive to build the new wastewater treatment facility, wave energy facility, wind energy facility and also make it more expensive to run the desalination plant. The most incompetent city council anywhere.

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  4. smiley says:

    Waste of taxpayers money, why don’t they repair the streets?

    (7) 21 Total Votes - 14 up - 7 down
    • Old Salt says:

      Worthless / cheep Chip Seal (or seal coating, BST, Bituminous Surface Treatment) is what M.B. likes to spend it money on when it comes to neighborhood streets…
      Otherwise nothing gets done for all the TAXES they take it.

      (7) 15 Total Votes - 11 up - 4 down
    • taxpayer says:

      The streets were repaired in front of Mayor Irons house.

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