Malibu Polystyrene Foam Ban

Ban on both sale and distribution of any food packaging, containers and food service ware that is made from expanded polystyrene, and that is not either compostable or recyclable.  Includes a ban on the retail sale of packing materials, coolers, pool/beach toys, buoys, and other items made from expanded polystyrene.  Title 9.24 of Municipal Code.

Details of regulation: Prohibits the sale, offer for sale, and distribution of food service ware that is not either compostable or recyclable or is in whole or in part from polystyrene foam. Food Vendors, City facility food providers, City departments, and City contractors/lessees are prohibited from using or providing food service ware that is not compostable or recyclable or in part from polystyrene foam. No person may sell, offer for sale, or otherwise distribute within the City of Malibu packing materials (including shipping boxes and packing peanuts), coolers/ice chests, pool and beach toys, or dock floats that are made in whole or in part from polystyrene foam. None of these polystyrene foam products shall be allowed on any beach within the city. Exemptions include undue hardships.


  1. No. 412 – An Ordinance of the City of Malibu Determining the Project is Categorically Exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and Amending Malibu Municipal Code Chapter 9.24 to Prohibit Food Packaging, Containers and Food Service Ware Made from Polystyrene Foam or Other Materials that are Non-Recyclable and Non-Compostable and Repealing Ordinance No. 286.

Malibu (Updated Regulations)

Details of update: City Council directed staff to bring back an item to amend the City’s polystyrene ban to: 1) include rigid polystyrene; 2) ban sale and distribution throughout the City; 3) include catering and food truck services; and 4) remove the definitions for “compostable” and “recyclable” products.


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Date of action: April 9, 2018

Status: Staff to bring Ordinance back to council.