In 2013 Manhattan beach adopted a polystyrene food packaging ban
Details of regulation: No food provider shall distribute or sell any polystyrene food service ware in conjunction with the sale of prepared food at any location within the City. No person shall distribute or sell prepared food in any polystyrene food service ware at City facilities that have been rented, leased or are otherwise being used with permission of the City. The City, its departments, and its city contractors, agents, and employees acting in their official capacity, shall not purchase or acquire polystyrene food service ware, or distribute it for public use. No person shall sell any polystyrene food service ware or polystyrene cooler at any location within the City. Exemptions include food prepared or packaged outside of the City and coolers or ice-chests not detailed.
- Chapter 5.80 – Prohibition on the Distribution and Sale of Certain Polystyrene Products (Ordinance 14-0003).
Details of updated regulations: Ordinance expanded the products banned in the previous regulations to include a ban on polystyrene products for the distribution or sale of raw foods. No Person shall distribute or sell prepared food or raw food in any
polystyrene food service ware at City facilities that have been rented, leased or are
otherwise being used with permission of the City. This subsection is limited to use of
City facilities for which a Person has entered into an agreement with the City to rent,
lease or otherwise occupy a City facility. Food providers shall not use or distribute
plastic beverage straws, plastic stirrers or plastic utensils, whether for use onsite,
to-go, or delivery. Disposable straws, stirrers, and utensils must be non-plastic,
made from non-plastic materials, such as paper, pasta, sugar cane, wood, or bamboo. No food provider shall provide non-plastic, single-use straws, utensils or stirrers, except upon the request of the customer. No business or vendor in the City shall sell, distribute, or use polystyrene packing material, including but not limited to foam peanuts, packing peanuts, foam popcorn or packing noodles. No Person may sell, offer for sale, or otherwise distribute for compensation within the City produce trays or egg cartons made, in whole or in part, from polystyrene, either as separate items or as part of the sale of vegetables, fruit, or eggs sold to consumers. Exemptions are made to Food prepared or packaged outside of the City, provided such food is not altered, packaged or repackaged within the City limits. This exemption does not apply to raw eggs. An undue hardship exemption included in the ordinance.
- Ordinance No. 18-0016 – An Ordinance of the City of Manhattan Beach Amending the Manhattan Beach Municipal Code to Expand the Regulations in Chapter 5.80 to Regulate Additional Polystyrene Products, Certain Single-Use Plastic, and Other Single-Use Products