Polystyrene: Local Ordinances

Number of CA Cities or Counties Covered by These Ordinances: 97

12 are in government facilities ONLY

16 include the retail sale of products

Alameda (2008)

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

Alameda County (2015)

Polystyrene ban for all disposable food service items, with a requirement for recyclable or biodegradable replacements.

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

Arcata (2015)

Ban of distribution and sale of polystyrene food packaging products. Effective 10/1/15.

Arroyo Grande (2016)

Expanded polystyrene ban for both distribution and sale, with a requirement that all disposable food containers be biodegradable, compostable or recyclable. Effective August 9, 2016.

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.

Campbell (2014)

Expanded polystyrene foodware ban, adopted in December of 2014, effective June 1, 2015.

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 8.16.030 of Municipal Code.

Fort Bragg

Eps foodware ban adopted in September 2014. Effective March 2015.

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.

Gonzales (effective January 1, 2015)

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

Greenfield (effective February 12, 2015)

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

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.

Lafayette (adopted 2014, effective 7/1/2015)

CFC processed polystyrene ban, 50% of food containers must be recyclable or returnable (75% by 2020).

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.

Los Gatos (adopted 12/16/14)

Ban on eps food containers and coolers. Effective June 1, 2015.

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.  In 2014 it was amended to include ALL other non-recyclable disposables and polystyrene coolers.  This makes for one of the strongest bans in the nation.

Marin County 

Expanded polystyrene food container ban. Effective January 1, 2010.

Marina (2011)

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

Mendocino County (effective March 1, 2015)

Expanded polystyrene food container ban adopted July 22, 2014.

Menlo Park (2012)

Adopted San Mateo County's ordinance by reference in August of 2012. Effective November 1, 2012.

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 

Expanded polystyrene ban. Title 10, Chapter 10.42 of Municipal Code. Effective November 2010.

Morgan Hill (effective April 22, 2014)

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

Morro Bay (2016)

Expanded polystyrene ban for both distribution and sale, with a requirement that all disposable food containers be biodegradable, compostable or recyclable. Effective May 1, 2016.

Mountain View (effective July 1, 2014)

A ban on expanded polystyrene food packaging products for retail sale or distribution in food facilities 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 

Expanded polystyrene ban. Effective January 1, 2010.

Palo Alto (effective April 22, 2010)

Expanded polystyrene ban. Chapter 5.30 of Municipal Code.  In November 2015 the ordinance was expanded so that retailers can no longer sell or distribute polystyrene foam of any sort.  Effective March 1, 2016.

Pasadena (2016)

Polystyrene ban for all food providers.  Effective July 18, 2017.

Pismo Beach 

Expanded polystyrene disposable food container ban, as well as a ban on the sale of any expanded polystyrene products. Effective January 15, 2016.

Pittsburg (1993)

CFC processed polystyrene ban. Title 8.06.210 of Municipal Code.

Portola Valley 

Polystyrene ban (San Mateo County ordinance). Effective October 25, 2012.

Redwood City 

Polystyrene ban (San Mateo County ordinance). Effective January 1, 2013.

Richmond 

Polystyrene ban (2010) for takeout food packaging in restaurants was expanded to prohibit retail sale of polystyrene products on July 16, 2013. Effective January 1, 2014.

Salinas 

On August 16, 2011, an expanded polystyrene ban on takeout containers was passed.

San Bruno 

Polystyrene ban, requirement that all plastic takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable. Effective April 1, 2010.

San Carlos 

Adopted the San Mateo County ordinance by reference. Chapter 8.27 of Municipal Code. Effective July 1, 2012.

San Clemente 

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban in 2004. Council passed a city wide ban in 2011. Effective July 1, 2011.

San Francisco (2007, expanded 2016)

Expanded polystyrene ban, requirement that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable.  On July 19th, 2016, the Board of Supervisors expanded the ban to include the sale of non-recyclable non-compostable polystyrene food service ware, egg cartons, meat trays, and packing materials, as well as coolers, pool or beach toys, and floats or buoys that are not encapsulated in a more durable material.  San Francisco now has the most comprehensive ban in the nation.  Effective January 1, 2017.

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 Luis Obispo City (effective December 16, 2015)

Expanded polystyrene food container ban, adopted June 2015. Includes ban on retail sale of foam products.

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)

Ban on all polystyrene AND most other non-recyclable plastic disposable food service containers. This makes for one of the strongest bans in the nation.

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.

Solana Beach (2015)

Ban on polystyrene and non-recyclable plastic disposable food service containers as well as ban on EPS packing materials.

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 container ban in restaurants (effective Earth Day 2014) and ban on eps food packaging products for retail sale (effective Earth Day 2015).

Ukiah

Eps foodware ban adopted in November of 2014. Effective March 1, 2015.

Ventura County (2004)

Government facility expanded polystyrene ban.

Walnut Creek (2014)

Polystyrene food packaging ban. Effective December 18, 2014. 

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.