Pismo Beach council votes for Styrofoam ban
November 19, 2015
The Pismo Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place a ban on Styrofoam food and drink containers. Barring a reversal of the vote, the Styrofoam ban will take effect on Jan. 14.
More than 80 cities in California have enacted similar bans on Styrofoam containers. In July, San Luis Obispo became the first city in the county to do so, and the Pismo Beach ordinance is largely the same as the ban adopted by the SLO City Council.
The ordinance approved by the Pismo Beach council will bar food providers and vendors in the city from distributing food and drinks in Styrofoam containers unless they are encased with a more durable material. Restaurants and food vendors must replace prohibited Styrofoam containers with containers that are biodegradable, compostable or recyclable.
Violators of the ordinance will be subject to fines. First-time offenders can avoid the fine, though, if they buy recyclable containers.
The Pismo Beach council is scheduled to formally adopt the ordinance at its Dec. 15 meeting. Two majority votes for the proposed regulation are required for it to become an ordinance.
In Sept., the Morro Bay City Council also endorsed a ban on Styrofoam products. Morro Bay city staff is currently in the process of drafting an ordinance.