EPS Ban Information

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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. 

Background

EPS, commonly known as "Styrofoam", is commonly used for items including: 

  • single-use plates, 
  • cups, 
  • take-out food containers, and 
  • packing materials 

In November 2020, the City Council voted to pass an ordinance banning EPS food and beverage containers within the city. EPS is a prevalent form of little found in our storm drains, creeks, rivers, beaches, parks, and open spaces, and negatively impacts the local environment. It is not biodegradable and it cannot be recycled. EPS litter is one of the most-prevalent and hard-to-remove items found on our beaches due to its weight and fragility. Banning EPS food and beverage containers will help reduce our local litter issues and reduce EPS debris in the marine environment. The City of Ventura joins more than 100 California cities and counties with similar regulations. 

EPS Ban Resources

Here are some resources to assist vendors with the upcoming ban: 

  • City of Ventura Green Business Program
    • This free program helps businesses reduce their environmental impact, provides free promotional opportunities, and offers a $500 rebate for businesses to make eco-friendly upgrades like switching from EPS to alternative products. Businesses must become Certified Green Businesses to be eligible for a rebate. Contact Lars Davenport
  • Plastic Free Restaurants
    • This program helps restaurants switch from plastic and EPS products to compostable products by temporarily subsidizing the cost difference between those plastic items and the certified compostable alternatives. Restaurants must avoid plastic dine-in and to-go ware to be eligible for the subsidy. Their website has resources for finding compostable products and distributors.
      • For the first six months, they cover 100% of the cost difference.
      • For the next six months, they cover 50% of the cost difference.
      • For the next twelve months, they cover 10% of the cost difference.
Expanded Polystyrene Ban Guide