Ordinance Requiring the Use of Environmentally Acceptable Food Packaging


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Monterey, City of (City of Monterey)
Document Title
Ordinance Requiring the Use of Environmentally Acceptable Food Packaging
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Citywide Ordinance

Document Description
The City of Monterey proposes to adopt an ordinance requiring the use of environmentally acceptable food packaging that prohibits the use of polystyrene food containers. Polystyrene is a plastic resin that is used to make up a wide range of consumer goods and packaging, and in it's "foamed" or "expanded" state is frequently used to produce takeout containersfor food. However, unlike many other types of packaging, littered polystyrene foam remains permanently in the environment where it breaks into tiny pieces and disperses widely. Polystyrene is not collected for recycling on the Central Coast. The project's goals are to: reduce litter; protect the natural environment (especially the Monterey Bay, a National Marine Sanctuary); and use alternative packaging materials that are biodegradable, returnable or easily recycled.

Contact Information
Kim Cole
City of Monterey
580 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone : (831) 646-3759



Notice of Completion

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Development Type
Other (Ord Req the Use of Environmentally Acceptable Food Packaging)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: Ordinance
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Water Quality
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 5 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4 Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 3 Resources Agency Resources, Recycling and Recovery
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