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Resolution Supporting a Ban on Expanded Polystyrene Products in the City of San Diego

WHEREAS, the impacts of expanded polystyrene (EPS) are permanent, threatening the health of San Diegans, wildlife, and industries critical to our region’s economy. EPS is also one of the most abundant forms of marine and terrestrial litter found along roadways and beaches and does not biodegrade, rather it photodegrades, and breaks down into smaller pieces which are easily mistaken for food by marine wildlife;

WHEREAS, EPS is a serious threat to our natural environment and to human health. EPS is manufactured using the monomer styrene, a known animal carcinogen and, per Proposition 65, a human carcinogen in the State of California; and 116 jurisdictions in the State of California, including the cities of Imperial Beach and Encinitas in San Diego County, have banned the distribution and sale of EPS;

WHEREAS, zero waste by 2040 is a pillar of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan; on May 31, 2018, San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward introduced a proposal to ban the distribution and retail sale of EPS in the City of San Diego; the proposed ban would restrict the sale and distribution of EPS products for the use of food service ware, fish and meat trays, egg cartons, coolers, and beach toys in the City of San Diego; and is supported by leading environmental organizations in San Diego, including the Surfrider Foundation, Coastkeeper, 5 Gyres Institute, Sierra Club San Diego, and San Diego 350, local business leaders, and San Diego Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the San Diego County Democratic Party supports the proposed ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) products in the City of San Diego to protect our oceans, rivers and other countless natural resources from plastic waste, and to reach the City of San Diego’s zero waste goal.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution shall be distributed to all members of the San Diego City Council and the Mayor of San Diego.