Ban Styrofoam Take-Out Containers!
  • Petitioned Hermosa Beach City Council

This petition was delivered to:

Hermosa Beach City Council

Ban Styrofoam Take-Out Containers!

    1. Brian Schoening
    2. Petition by

      Brian Schoening

      Arlington, VA

  1.  
  2.   
October 2011

Victory

After more than 750 people signed a petition created by former Hermosa Beach resident, Brian Schoening, the Hermosa Beach City Council voted in favor of moving forward with a ban on Styrofoam take-out containers. In addition to containing noxious chemicals, Styrofoam frequently winds up polluting the ocean. Marine critters oftentimes ingest the harmful packaging material, mistaking it for food. Hermosa Beach joins more than 50 other California municipalities that have enacted some sort of Styrofoam ban. While a statewide ban on the substance has failed to move forward the past two legislative sessions, the increasing number of towns enacting their own bans makes it more likely that statewide legislation banning Styrofoam will eventually move forward.

Polystyrene plastic (#6) and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS, aka Styrofoam) are two of the leading items of litter found in beach cleanups. Their lightweight and buoyant properties make them easily carried out to our beaches and oceans where they will be left to be "enjoyed" by generations to come.  These toxic particles (known to be carcinogens) are often mistaken for food by marine life, leading to starvation and death for the animals that have ingested them. 

Styrene, a major ingrediant to polystyrene has also been declared as a cancer causing chemical by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Not only is it dangerous during manufacturing,  but even in its day-to-day use styrene can leach from our food containers (when heated) and contaminate our food. 

As a first step beach cities such as Hermosa Beach should prohibit the use of polystyrene to-go containers in its local restaurants.  It will help to minimize this source of litter on OUR beaches and also promote the developing sustainable packaging industry. We should also reach out  (as customers) to our local businesses and encourage them to choose environmentally friendly food service practices. Next time you are at a restaurant in Hermosa Beach, ask them to transition to non-polystyrene products.  

Help us push Hermosa Beach to join 50 other jurisdictions across the state which have banned either styrofoam or all polystyrene to-go containers!

Show up at City Hall (1315 Valley Drive) on Tuesday, October 25th at 7pm for the next Council meeting that the proposed ban will be discussed.


More information, including the research and recommendations of the City appointed Green Task Force, is available by clicking here.

If you would like to contact the council members directly, click here for their contact information.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! City of Hermosa Beach Moves to ban Styrofoam

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      In a turn of events that will hopefully reverberate to other California municipalities, the City of Hermosa Beach moved to ban Styrofoam on October 26th. The move came after former Hermosa Beach resident, Brian Schoening, started a petition on...

    2. We did it! Hermosa Beach Bans Polystyrene To-Go Containers!

      Brian Schoening
      Petition Organizer

      Just minutes ago, the Hermosa Beach City Council voted 3-2 to ban polystyrene to-go food service containers. The City Staff has been directed to return with a draft plan to be implemented after a 6 month grace period to allow for educating businesses on the more environmentally friendly alternatives.

      Thank you to all that have supported our efforts. The support via this petition, local businesses and environmental organizations was overwhelming and that is what made this ban a success.

      Hermosa Beach can now join the 50+ communities in California that have banned this toxic product, and hopefully our efforts and success will be what other communities need to move similar efforts forward. Most importantly, it gives support to to the statewide ban that has been stalled by the same lobby groups that showed up to block our efforts in Hermosa Beach.

      Thanks again for all of your support during this campaign.

      Brian Schoening
      Former Member, HB Green Task Force

    3. Styrofoam Ban's Path to Council

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Petition creator Brian Schoening wrote an editorial on Patch.com in favor of Hermosa Beach's proposed Styrofoam ban.

    4. Help Hermosa Beach Ban Styrofoam

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      If you’ve ever helped out at a beach cleanup, you’ve seen how pervasive Styrofoam is in the coastal environment. The material is lightweight and it floats, which means it very easily makes its way from land to the beach and into the ocean, where...

    5. 500 Signatures In One Week!

      Brian Schoening
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to the amazing support from the community (local & worldwide) we were able to acquire 500 signatures within the first week of our campaign! We appreciate your help in spreading the word of our efforts to prohibit the use of polystyrene food service to-go products in Hermosa Beach, California.

      Just one day after our campaign officially kicked off, Foster City, California was able to unanimously pass its polystyrene food service ban. With another city joining the efforts, it does seem fitting that Hermosa Beach, a recognized sustainability-minded community, is the next community to take action.

      With two weeks until the Hermosa Beach City Council is scheduled to discuss this topic again, there’s no reason to stop now. If everyone educates at least one more person and encourages them to sign our petition we can easily double our current results. So, reach out to a friend, neighbor or coworker and lets eliminate polystyrene in Hermosa Beach!

      Thanks again for your support,
      Brian

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Foster City Council bans Styrofoam food containers, ordinance will take eff

      Brian Schoening
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, October 3rd, Foster City, CA (located near San Francisco) passed a polystyrene to-go container ban. We can now add one more California city to the list of communities that are being proactive about protecting our beaches and oceans.

      Thank you all for your overwhelming support in the first few days of our campaign! Share this with just one individual in the next couple of days and our success will be exponential!

    8. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

      • almost 3 years ago

      Nothing ruins a meal more than styrofoam!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Emma Kelsey PALERMO, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      What stands between humans and a clean earth is convenience.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • eric charles POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      i live on the ocean, on the opposite coast, and we too face a crisis with Polystyrene. It is pervasive and has lasting negative effects. Coastal towns have a duty to this and future generations to put a stop to this.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • adam johnson CINCINNATI, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      Styrofoam is awful in all forms everywhere, we are smart enough to know what it does and stop using it!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Jose Bacallao SANTA MONICA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      To support the styrofoam ban

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.