Manhattan Beach Polystyrene Ban


Chapter: South Bay
State: CA
Country: USA
Theme: Plastic Pollution
Launch Date: January 07 2013
Completion Date: September 10 2013
Status: Victory

On September 10th, 2013 the Manhattan Beach City Council gave final approval on an ordinance to ban polystyrene food service items - both foam and clear containers!  Polystyrene is typically a top ten item found at beach cleanups, is rarely recycled and there are possible health concerns linked to polystyrene.  There was lots of discussion over the past few months about what type of ordinance to pass and some councilmembers expressed interest in adding on items such as straws, lids and coolers in the future.  The Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter tracked the issue, sent in letters of support and testified at council hearings.