Here’s what you need to know about laws affecting the¬†environment in California

1. Plastic Bags

Are certain stores in California prohibited from using plastic bags for my purchase?

Yes. These include grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts and liquor stores.1This is due to Proposition 67 which passed in 2016

Are stores in California allowed to charge me for bags?

Yes, they are allowed to charge 10 cents for each paper bag.

2. Styrofoam

Is polystyrene foam (“styrofoam”) banned in California?

Currently polystyrene foam (also known as styrofoam) is not banned statewide in California, but many cities have banned it from being used in takeout food packaging, including Hermosa Beach, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and many more. See full list of cities banning polystyrene.

3. Offshore Drilling

Are companies allowed to drill for oil off the coast of California?

No NEW offshore oil drilling platforms are allowed to be built, but the Trump administration is looking to change that. However, there are currently 32 offshore platforms off the coasts of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties built back in the 1950s which are allowed to continue to produce oil.

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