B.Y.E. to E.P.S.
Another step towards a cleaner, greener Central Coast was made last Wednesday when the Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) voted to ban polystyrene sales in SLO County. While some cities (including SLO) already had bans, this affects the whole dang county. Polystyrene, aka EPS aka plastic #6 aka styrofoam can’t be recycled in SLO county and is horrific to clear from the environment. The new ban goes into effect in 6 months and the IWMA says it will be doing extensive edu-macation with local businesses to ensure compliance.
The ban does not affect businesses outside the county, so rest assured no one will be ticketing your Amazon purchases. SLO councilmember Aaron Gomez heads the IWMA board and was elated to see the county finally move in this direction. For those who argued this would be expensive and hurt businesses, Gomez pointed out that “we’ve basically been subsidizing these products for a long time, but we don’t seem to factor that into the cost of how it affects us.”