Goleta's Single-Use Waste Ordinance Goes into Effect June 17

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Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta now has an ordinance regulating single-use foodware accessories and standard condiments. The ordinance received final approval at the May 17 Goleta City Council meeting. This ordinance will bring Goleta into compliance with California Assembly Bill 1276, mandating that single-use foodware accessories and standard condiments be made available only upon request by the consumer. It will go into effect on Friday, June 17, 2022.

In addition to single-use foodware being available only upon request, the ordinance will encourage food and beverage vendors to reduce plastic and single-use waste through other actions, such as displaying signage stating that single-use items must be requested by consumers. An example of signage is below.

The AB 1276 compliance ordinance will be the first of two expected ordinances seeking to regulate and reduce local single-use plastics and further divert waste from our landfills. Staff shared initial details of a second ordinance that the Sustainability Program is developing to further regulate single-use plastic use in our community. This second ordinance is expected, among other things, to ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) foodware, following over 120 jurisdictions across California that already have restrictions on EPS to improve the health of safety of their communities and environment. 

Outreach is currently underway to identify best practices for how the City can support the local business community in fostering the switch from expanded polystyrene and single use plastics to more environmentally friendly alternatives.

To learn more about sustainability in Goleta, go to https://cityofgoleta.org/sustainability.

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Chip of SB May 20, 2022 02:16 PM
Goleta's Single-Use Waste Ordinance Goes into Effect June 17

We could take on rising crime, a devastating drug addiction crisis, or take steps to mitigate extreme fire hazards throughout the community. No, let’s wage war against styrofoam cups instead, that’s clearly the best use of city resources.

Chip of SB May 20, 2022 03:35 PM
Goleta's Single-Use Waste Ordinance Goes into Effect June 17

They will just start using “multi-use” plastic containers and utensils. People will just have to pay a little more to cover the cost and throw away more plastic than they used to since the law requires tossing bigger and heavier pieces of plastic to avoid the “single use” designation

a-1653101663 May 20, 2022 07:54 PM
Goleta's Single-Use Waste Ordinance Goes into Effect June 17

There are various types of paper and cornstarch-based plates and bowls available now. The goal is to stop making and tossing plastics that never fully biodegrade. We have the technology! We can do it.

I haven’t been to Costco lately so I don’t know what they use, but surely many of you remember the little paper boats that hot dogs used to be served in? We don’t need plastic for those. Maybe some nice hemp-based paper products?

bicyclist May 22, 2022 08:08 PM
Goleta's Single-Use Waste Ordinance Goes into Effect June 17

I always bring my own "sippy cup" so I can stock up on ice... as for the dog & pizza I'm customizing the the heck out those anyways so however there presented I'll probably be OK with it, unless it rice cakes!

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