Single-Use Plastics Ban

Single-use plastics contribute significantly to pollution, affecting terrestrial and marine ecosystems, endangering wildlife, driving greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change, and posing risks to human health.

The City of Irvine is committed to reducing the negative environmental impact of these single-use plastics through a new proposed plastic waste reduction ordinance. This ordinance includes foodware such as takeout containers, utensils, and straws, as well as plastic water bottles and mylar balloons, and will be effective in 2024 for all businesses in Irvine. The City wants to help make the plastic-free transition as easy as possible for our local businesses.

The City understands that implementing this change requires thoughtful consideration of its potential impact on the business community and wants to work closely with local businesses and other key stakeholders for a smooth transition. You are invited to share your feedback about the proposed plastics ban. 

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California already has legislation in place against single-use plastics, such as AB 1884 (California's Straw Upon Request law) and SB 54 (the ban on expanded polystyrene foam food containers). This new proposed ordinance will build upon these existing laws and support the City's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The goal is simple: protect the environment, promote public health, and lead by example.

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