Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council
The Santa Barbara City Council approved new ordinances on Tuesday to ban styrofoam, plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery within city limits.
Council members voted 7-0 to ban plastic straws, and a 6-1 vote to ban food service expanded polystyrene. The ordinance is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2019.
The plastic straw ordinance will prohibit the sale or distribution of plastic beverage straws. It also makes it unlawful for any beverage/food provider to provide plastic cutlery or plastic stirrers to any person being served or ordering on their premises, unless the beverage/food provider first asks that person whether they want to receive plastic cutlery or stirrers.
The polystyrene ban prohibits the sale of disposable styrofoam food containers and instead requires biodegradable, compostable, or recyclable disposable food containers.
Santa Barbara now joins 120 other California cities that are reducing these single-use plastic use items that studies have found often end up on beaches and in the ocean, harming marine life and ecosystems. Santa Barbara also joins Carpinteria and more than 20 other California cities who have officially banned retail sales of these products.