Monday, June 1, 2015

More U.S. Cities Look to End Single-Use Styrofoam Pollution

Styrofoam, that popular material for take out, or one time use, is a well-recognized ocean pollutant.  It takes hundreds of years for the product to degrade.  As polystyrene foam breaks down into micro-sized pieces it is often mistaken by fish for food.  That is just one of the complications of Styrofoam--and the volume of Styrofoam that is tossed to waste.  According to the EPA, the U.S., alone throws out 25 BILLION Styrofoam cups into the trash, or out the window in a year.

Cities across the country are banning, or have laws in debate to ban single-use disposable containers made from the Styrofoam in restaurants and cafés. San Luis Obispo, California is the newest city to look at reducing polystyrene waste.   Groundswell reports the following list:

Cities Considering Ban (By State)


Miami Beach, FL


Honolulu, HI


Chicago, IL


Boston, MA


Philadelphia, PA

Cities and Counties that have Officially Banned Plastic Foam:

District of Columbia

Washington, DC


Freeport, ME

Portland, ME


Amherst, MA

Brookline, MA

Somerville, MA


Minneapolis, MN

New Jersey

Rahway, NJ

New York

Glen Cove, NY

New York, NY

Suffolk County, NY


Portland, OR


Issaquah, WA

San Juan County, WA

Seattle, WA


Alameda, CA

Albany City, CA

Aliso Viejo, CA

Belmont, CA

Berkeley, CA

Burlingame, CA

Calabasas, CA

Capitola, CA

Carmel, CA

Carpenteria, CA

Dana Point, CA

Del Ray Oaks, CA

El Cerrito, CA

Emeryville, CA

Fairfax, CA

Foster City, CA

Fremont, CA

Half Moon Bay, CA

Hayward, CA

Hercules, CA

Hermosa Beach, CA

Huntington Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Hills, CA

Laguna Woods, CA

Livermore, CA

Los Altos Hills, CA

Los Angeles City, CA

Los Angeles County, CA

Malibu, CA

Manhattan Beach, CA

Marin County, CA

Marina, CA

Menlo Park, CA

Millbrae, CA

Mill Vallet, CA

Monterey City, CA

Monterey County, CA

Morgan Hill, CA

Newport Beach, CA

Novato, CA

Oakland, CA

Orange, CA

Orange County, CA

Pacifiic Grove, CA

Pacifica, CA

Palo Alto, CA

Pittsburg, CA

Portola Valley, CA

Redwood City, CA

Richmond, CA

Riverbank, CA

Salinas, CA

San Bruno, CA

San Carlos, CA

San Clemente, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Jose, CA

San Juan Capistrano, CA

San Leandro, CA

San Mateo City, CA

San Mateo County, CA

San Rafael, CA

Santa Clara County, CA

Santa Cruz City, CA

Santa Cruz County, CA

Santa Monica, CA

Sausalito, CA

Scotts Valley, CA

Seaside, CA


Sunnyvale, CA

Ventura County, CA

Watsonville, CA

West Hollywood, CA

Yountville, CA

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