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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 within 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


    Ban retail sales of polystyrene ice chests, polystyrene bean bags, and crafts; include that utensils and straws are given upon request for take away items

  • Compliant Product Guide

    These resources will ensure your business is "Foam Free."

    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 Compliant Product Guide for a full list of acceptable and prohibited 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.

  • Economic Incentive Program

    The City of Long Beach has limited funds for a one-time reimbursement for the purchase of compliant products that will best suit your business-specific needs. 

    Reimbursement of one-time purchasing costs will be available* based upon the following schedule:
    • Up to $300 for products purchased by July 20, 2018
    • Up to $250 for products purchased by August 20, 2018
    • Up to $200 for products purchased by September 20, 2018
    All one-time reimbursement requests must be received by September 20, 2018.

    To take advantage of this one-time compliant product reimbursement program, please complete the Economic Incentive Application.

    The City of Long Beach welcomes the opportunity to assist in the transition away from EPS food and beverage containers and help your business “Keep Long Beach Litterfree”.

    *Limited funds available; City reserves the right to deny applications which do not meet the requirements of the ordinance. Funds will be reimbursed to qualified applicants until all funds are expended or the program ends. Not all applicants will qualify, and may be disqualified at the discretion of the City of Long Beach.