HUNTINGTON BEACH ( — City officials in Huntington Beach Monday were expected to consider limiting the use of Styrofoam packaging by local food vendors.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports earlier this month, Mayor Connie Boardman directed the city attorney to develop an ordinance similar to one adopted by the city of San Bruno after the issue was brought to the city’s attention by a group of local students at Pegasus School.

The students’ presentation underscored the use of large amounts of expanded polystyrene pieces found during beach cleanups, according to a memo (PDF) from the Mayor’s office.

Huntington Beach adopted a similar ordinance in 1993 that either significantly reduced and eliminated the use of Styrofoam products in city facilities and by city-contracted concessionaires.

About 70 other California cities, including San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Dana Point have adopted ordinances that also restrict the use of Styrofoam by restaurants, grocery stores, and other food vendors.

“I think it’s appropriate for Huntington Beach to do the same, because if you’ve ever been at the beach cleanup, one of the things you’ll notice is the majority of trash that you’re picking up has some Styrofoam component to it,” Boardman said.

If the City Council votes in favor of the proposal, it would then order the City Attorney’s office to draft the ordinance for review.

The City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.


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