By CBSLA Staff

VENTURA (CBSLA) — Polystyrene food and drink containers will be banned in Ventura, effective July 1.

“Commonly known as Styrofoam, EPS products are frequently used for take-out food and have significant and long-term environmental impacts,” a news release from the city of Ventura said. The material has been banned by more than 100 California cities and counties to reduce polystyrene litter in the environment.

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“Polystyrene is one of the most prevalent forms of litter found in our storm drains, creeks, rivers, beaches, parks, and open spaces,” Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava said in a statement. “It’s light, hard to remove, and quickly breaks into small pieces.”

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The Ventura City Council unanimously approved the ban on the containers – which are most commonly used at restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, and other businesses – in November of 2020. The types of banned items include, but are not limited to, cups, plates, bowls, meat trays, clamshells, and coolers that are not completely contained by other materials.

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Businesses that experience a financial hardship or difficulty in adhering to the ban can get a one-year exemption by visiting www.cityofventura.ca.gov/EPSBan or email EPSban@cityofventura.ca.gov.