Apr 10 - Update: Santa Cruz Co Initially Approves Foam Ban

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The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors gave initial approval earlier today to a foam product ban throughout unincorporated County areas.

CAW thanks everyone who wrote in or attended the meeting in support of the ordinance.

Polystyrene is a major and easily avoidable source of plastic pollution. Santa Cruz County is now one step closer to joining the ranks of the City of Capitola, which passed the strongest foam ban to date in February of 2012.

Final approval for the new ordinance is scheduled for April 17. If passed, the ordinance becomes effective on October 17, 2012.

Since 2008, the County has banned expanded polystyrene (eps) foam food containers from restaurants. The amended ordinance bans the retail sale of many other foam products, including drink coolers, plates, cups, and beach toys. Some products, including prepackaged meat and surfboards, are exempt.

Read more about the ordinance on our blog yesterday, or on the County website.

Learn more about plastic pollution on our website.

Take action on SB 568 - the statewide bill to phase-out foam food containers.

(photo credit: LA Times)