Morro Bay Expanded Polystyrene Products

Expanded polystyrene ban for both distribution and sale, with a requirement that all disposable food containers be biodegradable, compostable or recyclable. Effective May 1, 2016.

Details of regulation: Food providers within the city of Morro Bay may not provide prepared food in or provide separately any disposable food container made from expanded polystyrene. Disposable food containers made from expanded polystyrene are prohibited from use in all city facilities. City contractors in the performance of city contracts and events promoters may not provide prepared food in disposable food containers made from expanded polystyrene. Exemptions include undue hardship, foods prepared or packaged outside the city and sold inside the city, raw meat, fish and other raw food trays, specific construction products, and products made from expanded polystyrene which are wholly encapsulated or encased by a more durable material.


  1. No. 600 – An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Morro Bay, California to Add Chapter 8.17 Expanded Polystyrene Regulating the Use of Expanded Polystyrene Products Within the City to the Morro Bay Municipal Code.

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