Last week, the Cities of Monterey and Marina approved their individual ordinances on plastic bags and expanded polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam or eps) respectively, and advocates anticipate many more to follow.
On November 1, Marina City Council waived the second reading of its ordinance banning eps food containers, joining the over 50 communities in the state who have taken action against Styrofoam pollution.
The same day, Monterey City Council approved the first reading of its plastic bag ordinance, which places an initial 10 cent charge on paper bags to further reduce single-use bag waste. The ordinance is expected to be adopted later this year during a final reading. See the list of bag-related ordinances passed in California on our website.
Tomorrow, the San Luis Obispo County’s Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) will consider its own single-use bag ordinance. Help fight back against industry attempts to stop this ordinance, and send in a letter of support to the IWMA. Take action here.