New Regulations for the Use of Polystyrene and Single-Use Plastic Products and Certain Balloons in Redondo Beach
On January 14, 2020, the Redondo Beach City Council unanimously passed an ordinance (Ordinance No. O-3201-20) to prohibit the distribution or sale of polystyrene and single-use plastic products by food or beverage providers, as well as the release of any balloons filled with helium within the City limits. This ordinance was developed to address issues created by single-use plastics, polystyrene, and balloons, which have raised global and local environmental and health related concerns, including adverse impacts to water quality, marine ecosystems and marine life, and human health.
In order to protect the health of the Redondo Beach community and promote environmentally sustainable practices, this ordinance will reduce single-use waste; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; reduce the distribution of disposable single-use plastic; reduce polystyrene use and litter within the City; keep plastic waste from landfills; and reduce balloon litter threats to natural ecosystems and ocean wildlife.
Although this ordinance prohibits the distribution and sale of certain single-use plastic and polystyrene items, it does allow for the provision of non-plastic single use items upon request, such as straws and utensils made from non-plastic materials (e.g., paper, wood, bamboo, metal, or glass). Accommodations may be made to provide plastic straws to people with disabilities who request them to enjoy equal access to food and beverage services within the City.
This ordinance is effective as of February 13, 2020 (thirty (30) days after adoption). However, the City is providing a transition period and will not enforce specific provisions of the ordinance until August 13, 2020 (for polystyrene products) and February 13, 2021 (for single-use plastic products). This will allow food and beverage providers the time necessary to exhaust existing supplies and find alternative products that comply with the ordinance. The critical dates to be aware of include the following:
- January 14, 2020: City Council adopts ordinance
- February 13, 2020: Ordinance is effective
o August 13, 2020: Polystyrene prohibition goes into effect and will be enforced
o February 13, 2021: Single-use plastic and release of helium-filled balloons prohibition goes into effect and will be enforced
More information for businesses and residents is in the process of being developed and will be provided in Spring 2020.