Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Ban

Effective July 1, 2021, the City of Ventura will prohibit the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) containers used by food and beverage providers. Commonly known as Styrofoam, EPS food containers are a prevalent form of litter found in storm drains, creeks, rivers, beaches, parks, and open spaces. 

A one-year exemption is available for food and beverage service providers experiencing financial hardships or practical difficulties from the ordinance. Click here to submit an Exemption Application Form. 

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In February 2020, the Ventura City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance to ban EPS food and beverage containers to help reduce the environmental impacts of this material.

The EPS ban prohibits any food provider from distributing EPS food and beverage containers. Food providers are defined as any person or business located within the City that provides prepared food or beverages for public consumption. Types of banned EPS items include, but are not limited to, cups, plates, bowls, meat trays, clamshells, and coolers that are not wholly encapsulated by another material. Food providers may choose any non-EPS product to replace banned EPS products.

Click here to view the complete ordinance (Ordinance No. 2020-025). 

Expanded Polystyrene Ban Guide