Were excited to report that the California State Senate passed SB 568 last week, the bill to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) take-out containers state-wide. This important bill passed on a bipartisan 21-15 vote and now heads to the State Assembly.
Save Our Shores has been advocating on behalf of SB 568 for months. We urge all those concerned about the health of our oceans and the plastic pollution plaguing our waterways to Take Action to support SB 568 as it moves to the State Assembly.
Fifty jurisdictions in California have already banned styrofoam take-out containers, including Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, and Santa Monica. Lets work together to pass a uniform, state-wide ban by the end of this year!
Why ban polystyrene take-out containers in California?
- In most cities, polystyrene cannot be recycled and it is never compostable.
- Polystyrene never fully biodegrades and thus easily become litter, costing communities economically and environmentally.
- Not only do marine species commonly mistake floating pieces of Styrofoam for food, but workers involved in the polystyrene manufacturing process are exposed to toxic chemicals that increase risks of lymphoma, leukemia, lung tumors, and numerous other forms of cancer.
- Our public health is at risk! The carcinogenic chemical Styrene used in polystyrene take-out containers migrates from container to food and beverage when heat, acidity, or fatty foods are involved.
- In California, 50 cities and counties have already enacted their own bans on polystyrene (Styrofoam) take-out containers.
- Save Our Shores strongly supports this important piece of legislation because it will help keep this problematic piece of pollution off of our beaches and out of our ocean and watersheds where it continually harms marine life and the ocean food chain.
Our environment & marine species are completely inundated with polystyrene (Styrofoam). YOU can help stop this unnecessary form of plastic pollution from reaching our oceans & watersheds by Taking Action to support SB 568 today!