Per the OC Weekly Tuesday afternoon,
The city council voted 5-2 yesterday to postpone voting on an ordinance that would ban Styrofoam from all vendors in Huntington Beach city limits in order to get more feedback from citizens. The next vote is scheduled for the second week in January.
We’d doubt, however, that this means the Huntington Beach City Council nannies will see the light. Like the plastic bags they’ve recently banned, styrofoam poses NO risk to Surf City — rather this is just another nonsensical waste of time by a liberal-dominated Council (excepting members Carchio and Harper) to regulate local businesses that would like them to simply SHUT UP and take the sales and property tax money they’re generating in buckets with no real help from City Hall. Rather, the Council majority chooses to take direction from eight-year-olds.
Assemblyman Travis Allen has taken the right position against the proposed styrofoam ban as reported by both the
Allen’s office issued a sensible list of talking points that speak to the nonsense:
Simply put, this is a narrowly focused ban that would limit consumer choice and will also likely increase product costs for businesses and consumers.
This ban is an ill-advised attempt at social engineering by imposing costly and burdensome requirements on the business community.
A California Integrated Waste Management Board report concluded that litter is a pervasive problem involving diffuse source and human behavior with no easy solutions.
Specific materials such as EPS [expanded polystyrene] and PS [polystyrene] do not cause the litter problem; rather, it is caused by human behavior.
The City of Huntington Beach is currently recycling foam for their residents through Rainbow Disposal and we should continue to improve public education so our residents are further aware to put the styrofoam in the blue bin containers.
Our focus should be on making it more user friendly and convenient for people to utilize our recycling programs that are already in place. Essentially, take away the excuse to litter.
The City’s recent ban on plastic grocery bags is NOT being well received, and is pushing business to neighboring cities.
Stephanie Andreini left a thoughtful Facebook comment to the Register story:
This ban is a narrow-minded approach to a behavioral issue. The HB City Council’s “government knows best” regulatory practice is getting out of hand. It started with the misguided plastic bag ban which will have serious implications in the future and now they are on to their next “ban of the month.” Instead of investing in the recycle programs that Huntington Beach already has in place, their first knee jerk reaction is to impose regulatory burdens on local businesses and consumers.
We spoke with a Beach Blvd. store clerk over the weekend who was clear that her customers “hated” having to buy a paper bag to traipse their groceries across the parking lot.
As occurred with the plastic bag ban, the City (or the children at the Pegasus School that ought to be learning the myths of global warming and the fraud being perpetrated on Californians by CARB) have offered NO facts — NO statistics that define the threat, cost or supposed danger to the environment. Neither will the adults who should know better, or the indoctrinated Pegasus kiddies, have considered the unintended consequences of these bans — the e.Coli that might be brewing in cloth bag replacements, or the heavier, more polluting and more costly paper and cardboard or polystyrene that the food vendors will be replacing the styrofoam with — or do they want the hot coffee just dumped in their laps to set up a winning law suit?