Jun 13 - Belmont One Step Away from Foam Ban


Foam takeout containers may soon be history in Belmont.

Yesterday evening the Belmont City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance to restrict foamed polystyrene (also known as expanded polystyrene or eps) takeout containers.

The final reading and adoption is scheduled for July 10. Read more about the ordinance, which is essentially the San Mateo County's foam ban that has been in place since last year.

Congrats to Belmont for its environmental leadership on banning EPS, a problem material that doesn't break down, is hard to clean up or recycle, and harms our environment, wildlife, and potentially our health.

And thank you to our members who took action and sent in letters of support! You can send a followup letter urging final adoption here.

What's next for the City to tackle? Hopefully the plastic bag.

SB 568 is the state bill to phase-out foamed food containers. The bill could use your support. Write to your Assembly Member and urge their "yes" vote! And don't forget to ask your favorite restaurants and businesses to support the bill too.