A Deeper Focus


Foam Free SLO needs your help to expand the Styrofoam ban in SLO County

Styrofoam Take Out Containers

A grassroots movement began in early 2014 to create a ban in San Luis Obispo County of Polystyrene (Styrofoam) products, and Foam Free SLO was born. The group was successful in getting the SLO City Council to vote unanimously on June 2, 2015, to ban Polystyrene in all restaurants, businesses and retail markets. The group now needs four more cities to get on board before the Integrated Waste Management Authority will address the problem County-wide.   If you live in Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles or Atascadero, your help is needed now! Contact Janine Rands of Foam Free SLO at (805) 704-0148 or email her at j9rands@gmail.com. She will send you sample speeches and a sample ordinance to present to your city, and help you figure out when your next city council meeting will be. Find three friends to go with you to the meeting to speak or otherwise support you as you request the council to consider approving a Polystyrene ban. City councils need to hear from their constituents that this issue is important to you.

You know that Polystyrene can’t be recycled and never goes away, filling up landfills, clogging our rivers, streams and oceans.  It contains three major toxins, Styrene, Benzene and Ethylene, plus chlorofluorocarbons on the EPA’s hazardous substance list all of which leak into the water, poisoning fish and birds.Let’s protect our land and shores from this toxic substance.

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