Redondo Beach could soon become the latest in a growing number of cities to outlaw the use of single-use plastic products such as straws and plastic utensils when it considers a prohibition at its next City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7.
The proposed ban disallows the use of polystyrene products and single-use plastic products such as straws, utensils and stirrers, and certain balloon products such as those made with Mylar.
The proposed ordinance, as drafted by city staff and based on City Council direction in September 2019, includes exceptions for polystyrene egg cartons, produce trays, packing “peanuts” and latex balloons.
The proposed ordinance the council will consider Tuesday also would include a six-month delay for the polystyrene ban and a one-year delay in the bans on Mylar balloons and single-use plastics.
Redondo’s proposed new law is modeled after similar legislation in Manhattan Beach, although that city in 2019 voted to extend its prohibition to polystyrene produce trays.
Hermosa Beach also passed a similar prohibition in November 2019 along with a series of other cities throughout California and the country.
Other exemptions include:
- Food items that are prepared or packaged outside of Redondo Beach;
- Products intended for people with medical conditions that require the use of a items such as a straw;
- And products brought into the city from elsewhere for personal consumption.
The City Manager would also have the ability to grant an exemption to anyone who can show compliance would create an undue hardship.
Andy Johnson, who heads Redondo Beach Cleanup Team and leads near weekly beach cleanups, said the items listed under the city’s proposed ban are among the most common pieces of litter he and his team of volunteers encounter between Redondo Beach Pier and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Johnson pointed out that a World Economics Forum report called “The New Plastics Economy,” issued January 2016, states that “without significant action, there may be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight, by 2050.”
“As members of a coastal community, we have an added responsibility to protect our oceans and coast line from this kind of pollution,” Johnson wrote in a statement Friday. “We’re asking that our city leaders help us to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution by adopting legislation that will help solve this problem.”
The Council meeting takes place beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 415 Diamond Street. To review the agenda for the meeting visit Redondo.org.