SD Bans Styrofoam Products

City Council voted 5-3 in favor

October 15, 2018

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On Monday San Diego City Council voted 5-3 to ban styrofoam products in the city, the meaure still needs to be formally applied and is expected to be in effect Jan 1st. The measure matches moves made recently by Imperial Beach, Solana Beach among other nearby cities.

The ban applys to, among other things, take out containers, egg cartons and notably for beach goers: coolers. Proponents for the measure cited enviromental costs of pollution, notably the styrofoam that ends up in the ocean

"If we continue to use this culture of throw away it's polluting our ocean," said Mikey Knab, Ponce's Mexican Restaurant owner. "Fish eat the microplastics and when we eat fish, we're eating plastic. For me, this is not a good way to do business in your community." 

Opponents cited the higher costs that restaurants will take on for take out containers which can cost up to 60% more. Councilmembers said any restaurants that currently have a contract with styrofoam companies can petition the Environmental Services Department for a waiver so that agreements are not broken.