Polystyrene Plastic be banned across the Los Angeles County

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Polystyrene plastic and expanded polystyrene foam (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 ingredient 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, the Los Angeles County 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 to our local businesses and encourage them to choose environmentally friendly food service practices. Next time you are at a restaurant in the Los Angeles County, ask them to transition to non-polystyrene products.

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

Come join us in Granada Hills North council meeting on May 1st, 2018 at 6:30PM. “We are asking the Granada Hills Neighborhood Council to urge the City of Los Angeles to bring forward a polystyrene ban.” -Meredith McCarthy (Heal the Bay)

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