The basis for this
model ordinance is the documented evidence in the Monterey Bay
coastal communities showing that EPS composes a majority of
litter collected at beach clean-ups.
Not only are the products abundantly showing up as litter, EPS
products are designed to be a single-use food service containers
that are cheap to produce, and therefore they are also
characteristically impractical to recycle due to their light
weight (not cost effective to transport).
Styrofoam represents a serious threat to the Monterey Bay
ecosystem and two important points exemplify why a ban is a
solution to Monterey County’s EPS problems:
1. There is no EPS recycler servicing Monterey County,
2. It is not cost-effective to transport EPS long distances to
Learn more about what you can do to stop the stream of
polystyrene waste into our communities, and about its abundant,
economical, and recyclable alternatives. Please use the
following links to inform yourself about this issue.