In an effort to work toward zero waste goals and address community concerns for harmful plastics and litter in our city and waterways, City Council took an early step in passing an ordinance regulating single-use plastic straws city-wide and expanded polystyrene (EPS aka Styrofoam) on city rights-of-way. The ordinance was approved in December 2018, and the formal transition period began January 2019. View the Plastic Straws and Expanded Polystyrene - Final Ordinance.
2019 is the year for transitioning away from these single-use plastic products before the regulations will be fully enforced. This transition period is to help businesses reduce their plastics while communicating with the City on how to provide the most effective assistance.
Eco-friendly Business Toolkit: Minimizing Plastics
The City is currently building an Eco-Friendly Business Toolkit to assist businesses and customers with this transition. The first toolkit module is available below and outlines why regulating single-use plastics is necessary, summarized ordinance information and suggested next steps for businesses.
Toolkit & Related Files
- Eco-friendly Business Toolkit: Minimizing Plastics (digital multi-page PDF)
- Eco-friendly Business Toolkit: Minimizing Plastics (printable brochure)
The City will continue to update this toolkit to include designed files for materials to be used by businesses and customers. To provide suggestions for desired materials, fill out the Eco-friendly Business Toolkit: Minimizing Plastics request form.