Los Angeles City Council moves toward phasing out single-use plastics, including bags and EPS foam

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

The Los Angeles City Council is advancing steps toward phasing out the use of a variety of single-use plastic items, after greenlighting multiple related directives on Feb. 16. It’s one push amid a broader movement in the LA area and throughout the state of California to reduce reliance on plastics and promote reuse systems.

Near-term policy options the city is exploring further, stemming from recommendations put forth by LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) at the end of last year, include a citywide ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam foodware and pushing city facilities and events toward zero waste by phasing out purchase and use of single-use plastics.

LASAN’s November report also outlined a slate of potential policies that could possibly occur within a one or two year time horizon. They include mandating reusable foodware for dine-in services, adding fees for disposable items like cups and straws, and banning water in plastic bottles unless refillable.

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