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File #: 20-766    Version: 1 Name: Discussion Adoption of Potential Amendments to Culver City Municipal Code Chapter 11.18, Polystyrene Regulations
Type: Minute Order Status: Action Item
File created: 1/27/2021 In control: City Council Meeting Agenda
On agenda: 3/8/2021 Final action:
Title: CC - (1) Discussion of Potential Amendments to Culver City Municipal Code Chapter 11.18, Polystyrene Regulations; and (2) Direction to the City Manager as Deemed Appropriate.
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CC - (1) Discussion of Potential Amendments to Culver City Municipal Code Chapter 11.18, Polystyrene Regulations; and (2) Direction to the City Manager as Deemed Appropriate.

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Meeting Date: January 25, 2021

Contact Person/Dept: Chanel Kincaid/Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations Division

Phone Number: (310) 253-6445

Fiscal Impact: Yes [] No [] General Fund: Yes [] No []

Public Hearing: [] Action Item: [X] Attachments: []

Commission Action Required: Yes [] No [] Date:

Public Notification: (E-Mail) Meetings and Agendas - City Council (03/03/2021)

Department Approval: Charles D. Herbertson, Public Works Director/City Engineer (01/14/2021)
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RECOMMENDATION

Staff recommends the City Council (1) discuss potential amendments to Culver City Municipal Code (CCMC) Chapter 11.18, Polystyrene Regulation, to reduce plastic urban litter and waste from being landfilled and/or entering Culver City's waterways; and (2) provide direction to the City Manager as deemed appropriate.


BACKGROUND

The Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) submitted a proposal in July 2016 to the City of Culver City's Sustainability Subcommittee to ban the sale and use of disposable polystyrene food ware containers, cutlery and foam coolers that are not fully encased in another material. BCR indicated that during Ballona Creek cleanup events they have observed a large quantity of foam litter floating down Ballona Creek to the ocean and that it has become the biggest pollution problem in the Santa Monica Bay. Foam's light weight allows it to fly away and it floats on water and travels to the ocean via Ballona Creek, oftentimes crumbling into smaller pieces and eventually embedding itself into the sand at the beach, where it may be mistaken as food and be ingested by wildlife.

In May 2017, the City Council adopted an Ordinance adding Chapter 11.18 to th...

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