Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

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Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council
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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.

The official plastic straw ordinance can be found here and the styrofoam ordinance found here.

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. 

 

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biguglystick Jul 22, 2018 10:21 AM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

This is a good first move. If companies won't be responsible and begin using biodegradable products then laws will be needed. We are TRASHING our earth. It's happening at a rate we might not be able to stop. We are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction and republicans are now attacking the Endangered Species Act. DISPICABLE. HOW can they justify it? Slime, all of them.

a-1540012902 Jul 20, 2018 12:10 AM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Ah, yes. The old "Shouldn't we be doing other, more important things?" argument. And the even sillier "I have never seen plastic straws on the beach, therefore they can't be a problem" anecdotal nonsense. As HORSEGIRL stated, there are plenty of plastic straws to be found on our beaches. I pick them up every time I see them, at the beach and in our parks. Wait until we have a good rain and then go to the beaches and clean up some trash. Guaranteed you will see plastic everything, including plenty of polystyrene (styrofoam) and plastic straws. And----oh, yes. How *do* these straws and styrofoam end up on our beaches? They blow there from Sterns Wharf and SBCC and picnickers. People toss trash at the parks and the stuff ends up in the storm drains and creeks and washes down to the sea. Boaters "lose" plastic items out on the ocean and people let their trash blow around on the beaches. Ever go to Oak Park or Shoreline Park during and after the weekend? Check out the amount of plastic left behind at the picnic/barbecue areas. Gulls dig through overflowing trash bins for food and scatter trash. That's how that crap ends up in our ocean. Thank you City Council for taking this grand step in the right direction.

NamasteYogi Jul 19, 2018 09:51 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

At least everybody is still bringing their own bag toTrader Joe’s, so they can fill it full of plastic containers (some with styrofoam bases). This is good for the environment, so good.....But people should be able to ask for one if they want or need one. I get it. A ban on straws is silly while the city lets bigger issues spin out of control.

a-1540012902 Jul 19, 2018 01:39 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

They are so concerned with straws - can't remember the last time any restaurant gave me styrofoam not to mention many restaurants in town are using paper ones now without the government overbearing on them and forcing them too - yet they continue to approve development after development which not only will impact our drought situation but contribute to even more trash. So ridiculous, they are so impotent they pick, this tiny little issue to act like oh see, we are earning our salaries and working hard - yet the big real issues really impacting us - like overdevelopment - nada.

JB86 Jul 19, 2018 10:26 AM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

I'm good with banning single-use plastic and styrafoam products as long as there are viable alternatives. My issue is; how are we to consume thick milk shakes? Paper straws just don't get it. I think we need a Commission to study this serious issue and report back to the City Council.

shorebird Jul 19, 2018 04:02 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Reusable tempered glass and stainless steel 10mm diameter straws of various length are available on the internet. They can be ordered with skinny brushes to clean them with. Good for smoothie clean up. I gave a bunch last month for family members who are new college grads.

Flicka Jul 19, 2018 09:33 AM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Sounds like the earth will stop spinning if there are no plastic straws. Mentioning other "more important" things is comparing apples to oranges. The paper straws I saw that came from the 99 cent store (up north) were really sturdy, not like old time ones I remember.

Bug Girl Jul 19, 2018 07:55 AM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

single use plastic straws are needed by many disabled people who can't use paper or reusable straws because they are choking hazards (people who bite down on straws could choke on paper straws) and some with compromised immune systems can't risk the reusable ones. Sadly, its just PR and there's much more plastic waste generated by the fishing and agricultural industries that goes into the ocean.

RHS Jul 19, 2018 11:37 AM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Geez--the ordinance specifically exempts use of such straws by folks who need them for disability accommodation. Straws are absurd in almost every use otherwise. We don't need straws in a glass of water nor with a soft drink any more than we need them with a glass of wine or beer.

ParvoPup Jul 18, 2018 09:36 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Why are we okay with keeping a sea turtle from gagging on a plastic spoon while at the same time Santa Barbara harvests thousands of urchins so sushi eaters can chow down on uni. Let's not overlook the hundred of lobster bugs and Hope Ranch oysters we dig so much thank you. But gotta keep Sammy the Sea Turtle from strangling on a straw. I'll bet if we ate turtle, straws would still be cool.

Shasta Guy Jul 18, 2018 08:42 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Thanks for the info. In this case they are only relaying the straw information from another source and not producing the content of the story. In general I use that site for its links to stories, but it's low on my list. Take in all sides.

Shasta Guy Jul 18, 2018 08:04 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Here's a better link on the topic: http://www.climatedepot.com/2018/07/18/stossel-false-claim-of-500-million-straws-used-daily-came-from-a-10-year-olds-elementary-school-project-but-media-uncritically-repeats/ Believe, I don't like plastic pollution, I detest it.

Shasta Guy Jul 18, 2018 07:33 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

I'm including a link on this story: https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/07/17/plastic-straw-myths That suggests this straw story has dubious roots. It suggests that a kid's science project was the initiation point and that the discarded straw count is greatly inflated. Do not think that I advocate plastic pollution. I take an extra bag with me on my hikes to pack out what other people discarded because I'm a strong advocate of leave no trace, especially other's people's "traces". How are people in wheel chairs going to sip their drinks?

Flicka Jul 18, 2018 04:21 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

The paper straws my daughter got at a 99 cent store (up north) are sturdy and cheap. FACTOTUM, I grew up with paper straws and cups too. Somehow we managed to survive. I remember a time when there didn't seem to be any plastic junk, at least I don't recall any.

a-1540012902 Jul 18, 2018 02:30 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Styrofoam ban, great! Have to ask for plastic utensils, great! But banning plastic straws is a "scapegoat," their impact is miniscule compared to other environmentally harmful activities and products. Banning plastic straws is a mere gesture and will actually create more plastic as companies like Starbucks etc have to make new drinkable lids (that use more plastic than the old lid+straw combo!). Gotta think bigger...

a-1540012902 Jul 20, 2018 02:44 AM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

"Banning plastic straws is a mere gesture" No, it isn't. "and will actually create more plastic" No, it won't. "as companies like Starbucks etc have to make new drinkable lids (that use more plastic than the old lid+straw combo!)." No, they won't. "Gotta think bigger..." This is just one part of a whole movement.

PitMix Jul 18, 2018 03:51 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Tried to find a statistic on the actual number of plastic straws used a day in the US. The number of 500 million a day (1.6 straws/person) seems dubious and there are lots of Fox News articles attacking this statistic. But none of the attacks tried to come up with their own number. Chicago Tribune says straws weigh 0.42 g each, and about 12 million go into the ocean each day. The total comes to about 2000 tons of the nearly 9 million tons of plastic waste that goes in the ocean each year. Is that enough to make it a problem we should deal with?

a-1540012902 Jul 18, 2018 05:02 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

I remember how the paper straws would 'come undone', and all you had was a piece of curly paper. Almost a waste of paper, and some trees. Paper cups, in general, aren't too bad. But, can fall apart too, unless coated in some way to help make them more water resistant. The paper cups still do occasionally fall apart unless you drink fast!

a-1540012902 Jul 18, 2018 02:33 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Sure, but for what benefit? There are so many more HUGE sources of plastic that would make more sense to go after. Straws are not even a drop in the bucket, they are a single molecule in a bucket. Let's call it what it is: a feel-good move, not a substantial environmentally friendly policy.

ZeroHawk Jul 18, 2018 01:01 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

the city leaders want to do this rather than clean up downtown, get more retail in, help the homeless, get more affordable housing for residents, fix streets and these stupid brick crosswalks...but hey, let's screw the retailers even more! yeah! we'll see how this works when they go to get a smoothie, or any drink and their eco straws melt...here is a quote from Jason Dominguez...that little turd needs to be removed from office. Councilman Jason Dominguez disagreed. "Unfortunately, common sense is just not common," he said. "We have to regulate every aspect of people's lives." he's all for telling everyone what they should do...

a-1540012902 Jul 18, 2018 09:20 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

Oh give us a break. Not providing straws is not going to sink a business. If it does, they weren't long for this town anyway. Here's an idea: take your own glass bottles and/or coffee mugs with you. Stop with ALL the throw-aways!

oops Jul 18, 2018 12:52 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

why does the city have to get involved and be a nanny? Let the market forces solve the issue - much more effective. As an example Marriott hotels just released a statement that they will cease plastic straws around the world - what a great corporate "green move" - it didn't need a "ban" to make this decision!

a-1540012902 Jul 20, 2018 02:54 AM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

" Let the market forces solve the issue - much more effective." This is a blatant falsehood. " As an example Marriott hotels just released a statement that they will cease plastic straws around the world - what a great corporate "green move" - it didn't need a "ban" to make this decision!" If you think this was market driven, you have no understanding of markets. This is a response to the same social pressures that resulted in this ban in SB and other municipalities.Pointing out that Marriott did it voluntarily is extreme cherry picking when the vast majority of businesses have not.

PitMix Jul 18, 2018 02:24 PM
Plastic Straw & Styrofoam Ban Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

"Let the market forces solve it....." has never worked. Market forces gave us polluted environments and burning lakes. Market forces brought us the Casmalia Superfund Site. Market forces fought the ban on plastic bags. Unfortunately it takes local governments who can tackle small issues that won't kill profit margins to bring about changes like this. Really, if you can't live without a straw, how about buying a fancy metal one and bringing it with you? Personally, I avoid straws and chopsticks and foam containers and single use water bottles as much as possible, and my life is still tolerable.

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