CSPF was proud to support Proposition 67, which passed in 2016 and prohibits the use of single-use plastic bags at grocery stores. SB 705 would add to these efforts, and phase out takeout expanded polystyrene (EPS) and non-recyclable plastic food packaging. This bills would ensure that alternatives can be recycled or composted in the communities where they are distributed.
EPS takeout food packaging is a statewide problem that is toxic to humans, pollutes coastal and inland waterways, litters our streets at great cost to ratepayers, kills wildlife, and impairs the ability of communities to comply with storm water regulations. Up to 80% of ocean pollution is litter from urban runoff, and non-recyclable single-use food packaging is a primary component of urban litter that residents pay to remove. Single-use food packaging litter is consistently in the top ten items found at beach and river cleanups.
Nearly 100 total jurisdictions in the state have already passed a patchwork of ordinances banning expanded polystyrene takeout packaging from food vendor distribution. SB 705 creates a unified statewide policy that will protect consumers, reduce unrecyclable or compostable waste, and safeguard our parks, open space, coasts and inland waterways.