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Resources for Businesses




  Timeline to Comply with Ordinance

The ordinance went live on June 3, 2018. All food providers are required to comply by March 3, 2019 or December 3, 2019.

Phase 1

September 3, 2018

Phase 2

March 3, 2019

Phase 3

December 3, 2019

City Government

  • City departments
  • City-owned and leased facilities
  • Renters or lessees of City properties
  • City contractors & vendors while doing business with the City
  • **City-sponsored events
  • **City-permitted events
**City-sponsored or City-permitted events for which authorizations or permits were issued prior to the operative date of this Ordinance are exempt. City-sponsored or City-permitted events which are authorized or permitted for multiple years must comply with three hundred sixty-five (365) days of the operative of this ordinance.

Prepared Food Sales
Large businesses

Large food providers, defined as those providing or selling prepared food to the general public for on-site or take-away consumption, include restaurants seating more than 101 persons. This tier includes: any franchise restaurant, grocery or convenience store, any food truck, and Long Beach Unified School District.

Prepared Food Sales
Small businesses

Small food providers, defined as those providing or selling prepared food to the general public for on-site or take-away consumption, include restaurants seating fewer than 100 persons. This tier also includes all other providers.

Prohibits retail sales of polystyrene ice chests, polystyrene bean bags, and crafts; includes that utensils and straws are given only upon request for take away items.

   Compliant Product Guide

It’s easy to comply with the ordinance. There are several alternative products you can use. Our suggestions include: aluminum, paper, or recyclable plastics labeled #1, #2, or #5.
 


View our CompliantProductGuide for a full list of acceptable and prohibitted materials.

   Where to buy acceptable packaging

Business Co-Op Purchasing

There is a grassroots initiative developed by residents and businesses in Los Altos, CA to promote a Business Co-Op that allows members to receive a 25% discount off retail price of all World Centric compostable products. The co-op is free and open to all restaurants, businesses, food service supplies, organizations or individual in any city or location. More information can be found here.

Other Purchasing Options:

For a comprehensive list of supply companies, including local California suppliers, check out this distributer list from the city of Santa Monica.

Apply for a #FoamFreeLB Kit

Is your business an early adopter of the EPS ordinance? Show your customers that you are Foam Free with our FREE #FoamFree Kit - including an opportunity to be featured on our social media pages and website. Apply here.Thank you for helping keep Long Beach Foam Free.

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