Metropolis of Ventura strikes ahead with polystyrene regulation

Town of Ventura is continuing with plans to manage using polystyrene, popularly recognized by the model title Styrofoam, from native eating places and companies.

The ordinance was launched throughout a Ventura Metropolis Council assembly final week, following a 6-0 vote in February to start drafting its language.

The polystyrene materials is usually used for single-use plates, cups, take-out meals containers and packing supplies, and is dangerous to the surroundings, officers stated.

“Expanded polystyrene litter is without doubt one of the most prevalent and hard-to-remove gadgets discovered on our seashores resulting from its weight and fragility,” Metropolis Supervisor Alex McIntyre and Public Works Director Phillip Nelson wrote in a report for the council. It doesn’t biodegrade, and it can’t be recycled, they stated.

If adopted, the proposed ordinance would ban using polystyrene containers at eating places, grocery shops, comfort shops and different companies.

Talking on the council assembly, metropolis of Ventura environmental sustainability supervisor Joe Yahner stated what makes polystyrene completely different from different materials is that it rapidly breaks into small items, which makes it very difficult to take away from the surroundings. Banning polystyrene will assist scale back native litter points and scale back particles within the marine surroundings, he stated.

A number of Ventura residents spoke through the public remark portion of the assembly, and all had been in favor of a ban on the fabric.

“Styrofoam is extremely dangerous for town of Ventura,” stated one resident, Madeline Prepare dinner, including that the EPA and the Worldwide Company for Analysis on Most cancers warn that the fabric might be carcinogenic.

“It’s affecting not solely our panorama, however members of our group,” she stated.

One other resident stated she was “shocked” to be taught the fabric hadn’t already been banned. If the ordinance is adopted, Ventura will be part of greater than 130 cities in California which have carried out related rules, together with Ojai, Santa Barbara, Manhattan Seashore, Santa Monica and Hermosa Seashore.

The ordinance is anticipated to be authorised on the subsequent Metropolis Council assembly Nov. 9, stated Ventura spokeswoman Heather Sumagaysay.

But it surely is not going to go into impact till summer season 2021, partially to account for the hardships many companies are dealing with resulting from COVID-19 — like eating places which might be relying closely on supply and takeout choices.

“We didn’t wish to make any sort of actions that might affect or doubtlessly harm enterprise who’re already hurting,” Sumagaysay stated, including that town will supply an extension to companies that want extra time to make the change.

Deputy public works director Mary Joyce Ivers stated Friday that town may even implement an outreach program to supply companies with the instruments they should make the transition. A number of native companies have already stopped utilizing the fabric voluntarily, she stated. Ventura surveyed greater than 200 eating places and labored with the chamber of commerce in preparation for the ordinance.

There are different exemptions, too. Yahner stated polystyrene packaging ready outdoors town, like egg cartons, that’s then offered throughout the metropolis received’t be topic to the ban.

The ordinance additionally doesn’t go as far as to mandate that packaging supplies be fabricated from compostable, recyclable and biodegradable materials, though Yahner stated it might be amended to incorporate that language at a later time.