On January 17th, the Oxnard City Council unanimously passed an Ordinance Banning Expanded Polystyrene (EPS aka “Styrofoam)! The Ordinance will take effect on February 16, 2023.
THANK YOU to Kathleen Mallory and Rosheil Ramirez of the City of Oxnard for all their hard work on this critical issue and to the Oxnard City Council for their wholehearted, unanimous passage of the ordinance. The City of Oxnard now joins the Cities of Ojai, Ventura, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks in banning this toxic, non-biodegradable material. In doing so they are helping to protect our environment, our health, marine and animal life and our oceans, waves and beaches! We revel in this victory and look forward to the remaining cities in our County adopting a similar ban.
The ordinance prohibits the use, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of designated expanded polystyrene (EPS) products. Designated EPS products prohibited under this ordinance include single-use, disposable foodware products made in whole or in part from EPS used for serving, transporting, or consuming prepared food, including but not limited to plates, bowls, trays, wrappers or wrapping, platters, cartons, hinged food containers, condiment containers, cups or drinkware, or any other container in or on which prepared foods are placed or packaged for consumption. Prohibited EPS products also include any item such as a non-encased cooler or ice chest, cup, bowl, plate, hinged food container (clamshell), shipping box, packing material, or any other item made from expanded polystyrene.