Polystyrene: Local Ordinances


Alameda (2008)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be compostable.

Albany (2008)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be compostable or recyclable.

Aliso Viejo (2005)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban. Ordinance #2004-060

Belmont (2012)

Expanded polysytrene ban (San Mateo County ordinance), adopted by reference and effective October 2012.

Berkeley (adopted 1988)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that 50% of takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable. Title 11.58 and 11.60 of Municipal Code.

Burlingame (passed May 2011)

The City of Burlingame passed an ordinance referencing San Mateo County's ordinance on May 16, 2011. It will go into effect in 2012.

Calabasas (2008)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

Capitola (2012)

Prohibit the sale of expanded polystyrene products (expansion of 2009 requirement that all disposable takeout food packaging be compostable)

Carmel (1989)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that 50% of takeout food packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable.

Carpenteria (effective September 1, 2009)

Ban on non-recyclable plastic food takeout containers, including expanded polystyrene. Chapter 8.5 of Municipal Code.

Cupertino (2014)

Food vendors prohibited from using eps food takeout containers. Effective July 1, 2014.

Dana Point (adopted February 21, 2012)

Ban on expanded polystyrene food containers. Effective six months after adoption date.

Del Ray Oaks (effective July 1, 2010)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable. Municipal Code 8.30.

El Cerrito (operative January 1, 2014)

Expanded polystyrene foodware ban, requirement that food packaging be recyclable, compostable, or reusable.

Emeryville (2008)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

Fairfax (1993)

Expanded polystyrene ban for all restaurants and food retail vendors. Title 8.16 of Municipal Code.

Foster City (effective April 1, 2012)

Polystyrene ban for restaurants and food vendors, adopted October 17, 2011.

Fremont (effective January 1, 2011)

Expanded polystyrene ban for food vendors, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable. Section 8.40.860 of Municipal Code.

Half Moon Bay (effective August 1, 2011)

Half Moon Bay passed an ordinance, referencing San Mateo County's polystyrene food container ban, on May 17, 2011.

Hayward (effective July 2011)

Expanded polystyrene ban for restaurant vendors, requirement that takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

Hercules (2008)

Expanded polystyrene ban. Sec.5-3109, Title 5, Chapter 3 of Municipal Code

Hermosa Beach (2012)

Polystyrene container ban. Effective March 2013.

Huntington Beach (2005)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.

Laguna Beach (2008)

Polystyrene ban, requirement that all plastic takeout food packaging be recyclable. Bans the retail sale of foam or other nonrecyclable plastic disposable foodware. Title 7.05 of Municipal Code.

Laguna Hills (2008)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.

Laguna Woods (2004)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.

Livermore (2010)

Food vendors are required to use recyclable or compostable takeout food packaging.

Los Altos (2014)

Starting July 4, 2014, the distribution and sale of eps foam food containers and ice chests is prohibited.

Los Altos Hills (February 1, 2012)

Ban on eps and non-recyclable plastic food containers.

Los Angeles City (2008)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban. Chapter IV, Article 13 of Municipal Code.

Los Angeles County (2008)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.

Malibu (2005)

Expanded polystyrene ban. Title 9.24 of Municipal Code.

Manhattan Beach (2013)

In 2013 Manhattan beach adopted a polystyrene food packaging ban, updating its 1988 ban on CFC processed polystyrene.

Marin County (effective January 1, 2010)

Expanded polystyrene ban.

Marina (2011)

Expanded polystyrene food container ban. Requires the use of recyclable or compostable takeout food packaging unless alternatives are unavailable.

Menlo Park (2012)

Adopted San Mateo County ordinance by reference in August of 2012. Effective 11/1/12.

Millbrae (2008)

Polystyrene ban, requirement that all plastic takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

Mill Valley (2009)

Food vendors and city facilities are prohibited from using expanded polystyrene foam food containers.

Monterey City (2009)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

Monterey County (effective November 2010)

Expanded polystyrene ban. Title 10, Chapter 10.42 of Municipal Code.

Morgan Hill (effective April 22, 2014)

An expanded polystyrene ban in restaurants and other food facilities was adopted on October 2, 2013.

Mountain View (effective July 1, 2014)

A ban on expanded polystyrene products, either distributed in food facilities or sold in retailers, was adopted on March 25, 2014.

Newport Beach (2008)

Expanded polystyrene ban. Title 6, Section 5 of Municipal Code.

Novato (2013)

Expanded polysytrene ban.

Oakland (2007)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be compostable. Businesses that generate a large portion of litter must pay a litter fee. Title 8.07 of Municipal Code.

Ojai (2014)

Expanded polystyrene ban for all stores and vendors was passed on January 28, 2014

Orange County (2005/6)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban, including cities of Aliso Viejo, Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and the Santa Margarita Water District.

Pacific Grove (2008)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable. Title 11, Chapter 11.99 of Municipal Code.

Pacifica (effective January 1, 2010)

Expanded polystyrene ban.

Palo Alto (effective April 22, 2010)

Expanded polystyrene ban. Chapter 5.30 of Municipal Code.

Pittsburg (1993)

CFC processed polystyrene ban. Title 8.06.210 of Municipal Code.

Portola Valley (effective October 25, 2012)

Polystyrene ban (San Mateo County ordinance).

Redwood City (effective January 1, 2013)

Polysytrene ban (San Mateo County ordinance).

Richmond (effective January 1, 2014)

Polystyrene ban (2010) for takeout food packaging in restaurants was expanded to prohibit retail sale of polystyrene products on July 16, 2013.

Salinas (passed August 16, 2011)

Expanded polystyrene ban on takeout containers.

San Bruno (effective April 1, 2010)

Polystyrene ban, requirement that all plastic takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

San Carlos (effective July 1, 2012)

Adopted the San Mateo County ordinance by reference. Chapter 8.27 of Municipal Code.

San Clemente (effective July 1, 2011)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban in 2004. Council passed a city wide ban in 2011.

San Francisco (2007)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

San Jose (effective 2014 for chains, 2015 for all other food establishments)

An EPS ban in all food establishments was adopted in 2013. Prior to that, the city had a government facility expanded polystyrene ban for special events.

San Juan Capistrano (2004)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.

San Leandro (effective November 1, 2012)

Expanded polystyrene food container ban, adopted October 2011.

San Mateo City (adopted May 6, 2013)

Polystyrene food packaging ban based on the San Mateo County model was adopted in May 2013.

San Mateo County (2008 and 2011)

Government facility polystyrene ban passed in 2008. An expanded ban for the rest of unincorporated San Mateo County was passed in 2011, effective July 1, 2011.

San Rafael (effective October 31, 2013)

City Council adopted foamed polystyrene container bag in October 2012.

Santa Clara County (Effective February 1, 2013)

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted an eps takeout container ban for unincorporated county on June 5, 2012.

Santa Cruz City (2012)

Ban on sale of all foam polystyrene products. Prior to 2012, the City banned the distribution of expanded polystyrene food containers, with a requirement that the food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

Santa Cruz County (2008 and 2012)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable. Title 5, Section 46 of Municipal Code. The ban was expanded to prohibit the sale of all expanded polystyrene products in stores on April 17, 2012.

Santa Monica (2007)

Polystyrene ban with requirement that all plastic takeout food packaging be recyclable. Visit their website for more information.

Sausalito (effective September 1, 2008)

Food vendors and city facilities and events are prohibited from using expanded polystyrene foam food containers.

Scotts Valley (2009)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

Seaside (effective August 4, 2010)

Polystyrene ban with requirement that all plastic takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.

Sonoma City (1989)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.  Chapter 7.30 of the Municipal Code.

Sonoma County (adopted 1989)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban. Title 19, Section 19-6.1 of Municipal Code.

South San Francisco (2008)

Polystyrene ban. Chapter 8.60 of Muncipal Code.

Sunnyvale (adopted November 19, 2013)

Expanded polystyrene ban in restaurants (effective Earth Day 2014) and for products sold in retail stores (effective Earth Day 2015).

Ventura County (2004)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.

Watsonville (2009/2014)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable. Title 6, Chapter 6 of Municipal Code. First adopted in 2009. Amended in 2014 to include a ban on retail sales of eps products.

West Hollywood (adopted 1990)

Polystyrene ban for restaurants and food vendors.

Yountville (1989)

Expanded polystyrene food container ban.