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Products made out of polystyrene and expanded polystyrene (EPS)—commonly known as Styrofoam—will soon be prohibited in all of San Luis Obispo County. A years-long effort by many to pass a countywide ordinance aimed at stopping the use of polystyrene ended Wednesday. The ban will go into effect in six months.

Santa Barbara to revisit proposed plastic straw ban

Jul 31, 2018
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In mid-July, after several months of Santa Barbara city officials engaging with restaurants and businesses in an effort to reduce waste in the city, the Santa Barbara city council voted to pass local laws banning plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery and polystyrene—also known as Styrofoam—food containers

But at their July 24 meeting, council members voted to dial that back a bit. City of Santa Barbara Environmental Services Outreach Coordinator, Bryan Latchford, worked on both ordinances and spoke with KCBX’s Tyler Pratt to help explain what happened.

Styrofoam ban fails in California Senate

Jan 30, 2018
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To-go cups and containers made of expanded polystyrene - otherwise known as Styrofoam - are already banned in all of Monterey County, and in many Central Coast cities such as Carpinteria, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. State lawmakers have tried several times to enact a statewide ban over the past decade, but this week the California Senate rejected a bill that would ban restaurants, food vendors and grocery stores from using Styrofoam containers. 

Nearly all SLO restaurants getting on board with polystyrene ban

Nov 2, 2015
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A ban on polystyrene—known by many as the brand name "Styrofoam"—is set to go into effect soon in the City of San Luis Obispo.

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An ordinance banning polystyrene in San Luis Obispo passed unanimously at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. 

A key provision of the ban was modified just before the vote at the request of council. Most members of the City Council expressed some concern that a one year hardship exemption could be renewed. 

It allows businesses to opt-out if their costs to replace polystyrene containers exceeds 15 percent. Mayor Jan Marx said the 15 percent hardship should not be renewed for another year. 

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An ordinance that would ban polystyrene in San Luis Obispo will go before the city council Tuesday night.

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San Luis Obispo city staff will move forward with plans on how to implement a Styrofoam use ban, should the council vote to approve one down the road.

A special one hour public meeting of the City Council was held Wednesday afternoon. Several members of the public spoke in favor of banning Styrofoam—or polystyrene—at the meeting.

City leaders described it as a "study session." Four out of the five city council members agreed to direct staff to continue working on the issue.

Councilman John Ashbaugh supports the strongest possible version of a ban.