Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay vote for Styrofoam bans
January 28, 2016
The Arroyo Grande and Morro Bay city councils both voted in favor of Styrofoam bans on Tuesday.
Morro Bay council members voted unanimously for the ban. The Arroyo Grande council voted 4-1, with Councilwoman Barbara Harmon dissenting.
The bans will prohibit the use and sale of Styrofoam products, with some exceptions. Styrofoam cups, food containers and disposable coolers will be banned.
Styrofoam will still be permitted in Arroyo Grande and Morro Bay if it is used for packaged goods produced outside the cities. Also, Styrofoam trays used for raw meat, fish or other raw foods at stores will still be allowed.
Arroyo Grande and Morro Bay are set to become the third and fourth cities in the county to adopt bans on Styrofoam. San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach have already done so.
Morro Bay officials are expected to start enforcing the Styrofoam ban on May 1. The Arroyo Grande ban will take effect six months after the council formally adopts the ordinance.
Both councils must pass the ordinances on second readings in order to formally adopt the bans. The ordinances are expected to return to both councils on Feb. 9.