Surfrider San Diego in support of proposed ban on Polystyrene Foam
The Rules Committee voted 3-2 in favor of agenda ITEM-2: Proposed Ban on Polystyrene Foam and Restrictions on Single Use Plastics in the City of San Diego, which now moves to a full city council vote as early as September.
Councilmembers’ Chris Ward, President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, and Myrtle Cole – who chairs the Rules Committee – voted in favor. Councilmembers’ Chris Kersey & Chris Cate voted against.
Representatives from Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres Institute, SD350.org, Teamsters Local 911, California Grocers’ Association, and Business For Good all spoke in support of the ordinance, which would place restrictions on the use of expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam), and reduce the distribution of other types of single-use plastics in the City of San Diego.
Surfrider San Diego volunteers collected 12,575 pieces of expanded polystyrene from San Diego beaches in 2017 alone. Unfortunately, the majority is blown into the ocean because it is light in weight and easily breaks into tiny, uncollectible pieces.
Once in the ocean, polystyrene is often mistaken as food by marine life and ingestion of the single-use plastics can become fatal. Surfrider volunteers have successfully advocated for single-use plastic reduction ordinances of EPS in Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Imperial Beach.