Foam Container Ban Now in Effect

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Vendors and retailers are no longer permitted to distribute or sell foam food and beverage containers in the City since the new law went into effect Jan. 1. Exemptions apply.

Reusable containers are available at many retailers and some vendors also offer discounts if you bring your own.

On July 17th, 2018, Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously to add an ordinance prohibiting the distribution and retail sale of expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers to the consent calendar. The ordinance was then adopted on July 24th, 2018.

Expanded polystyrene is commonly referred to as "styrofoam" or "foam". EPS is not recyclable in Santa Barbara. EPS products often find their way into the local environment since EPS breaks down into smaller pieces and is so light that it floats in water and is easily carried by the wind, even when it has been disposed of properly. It is in the City's interest to establish programs and services that reduce the amount of litter in the environment, in particular beach litter and marine pollution, which increases the quality of life for residents and visitors, and protects local wildlife habitat.


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Artemisia Jan 09, 2019 11:58 AM
Foam Container Ban Now in Effect

On Monday 1/7, well after the ban took effect, Harry's was giving out foam to-go boxes for leftovers . Did they get an exemption?

tagdes Jan 10, 2019 11:09 AM
Foam Container Ban Now in Effect

They get a year exemption due to the lack of acceptable packaging being available. Supply being outstripped by demand.

ParvoPup Jan 09, 2019 09:38 AM
Foam Container Ban Now in Effect

When does some brave soul take on plastic water bottles? I know from 5 years of both Yosemite Facelift and Coastal Cleanup that discarded bottles float too.

oops Jan 08, 2019 10:26 AM
Foam Container Ban Now in Effect

nanny state will be 20oz sodas. In all my years hiking & hunting in the local area, I have not found 1 of these. I have seen those metallic looking helium balloons in Los Padres National forest.

Lina24 Jan 10, 2019 11:32 AM
Foam Container Ban Now in Effect

As a former Forest Service employee I've seen them littered and had to pick them up. Unfortunately people like to dispose of them in their campfires too, not realizing they emit toxic fumes when burned.

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