Confirmed victory
Petitioning Hermosa Beach City Council

Ban Styrofoam Take-Out Containers!


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.

 

Letter to
Hermosa Beach City Council
Hello,

I am writing to urge you, the Hermosa Beach City Council, to pass a resolution that bans polystyrene (#6 Plastic & Foam) to-go containers at your local restaurants.

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. These products simply do not belong in our food service processes or in the environment.

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 food packaging industry. It will send a message to the surrounding communities, which don't necessarily touch the waters edge, that Hermosa Beach is proactive in protecting the beaches and ocean that so many local communities thrive upon.

It is through proactive communities like Hermosa Beach where positive change and new trends begin. The City needs to maintain its leadership on environmental issues and continue to set itself apart as a sustainable community. Please vote in favor of a polystyrene ban in the City of Hermosa Beach and join the 50 other jurisdictions within the state that have already passed similar bans.
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Sincerely,