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Hermosa Beach Plastics Reduction Ordinance

11 • 18 • 2019

Hermosa Beach Plastics Reduction Ordinance

Hermosa Beach City Council expanded the citywide ban on polystyrene products to include food trays and packing materials along with addressing other single-use plastics and balloons with an unanimous vote on November 18, 2019.

The Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter has been advocating for plastic reduction measures in the Beach Cities and Hermosa Beach is the latest to take action. Hermosa Beach City Council iniitally banned expanded polystyrene foam at restaurants citywide back in 2012 and the latest ordinance is a much more comprehensive law that takes effect June 30th, 2020.

The new ordinance prohibits the distribution and sale of polystyrene meat, fish and produce trays, and coolers; prohibits the use, distribution and sale of polystyrene packing materials; and prohibits the use and distribution of single-use plastic products including plastic beverage straws, plastic stirrers and utensils, while implementing an “upon request” policy for non-plastic single-use straws, stirrers and utensils.

The sale and distribution of foil, metalized or Mylar balloons will be prohibited by the ordinance, as well as the use or distribution of the balloon on public property, including beaches and parks. Also, latex balloons will be prohibited for use or distribution at city functions or city-sponsored events. The release of the latex balloons will be prohibited anywhere within city limits.

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