Is polystyrene foam recyclable in Malibu?

Polystyrene foam packaging and food service ware cannot be recycled through Malibu’s recycling (blue bin) collection program as it can break into small pieces that are too difficult to handle. Polystyrene foam is otherwise difficult, uneconomical or impossible to recycle, especially if food soiled, and is not compostable.

The City supports Sustainable Surf's Waste to Waves Program by hosting several events annually. White block foam is collected and recycled into surfboard blanks. To receive event reminders by email or text, sign up for the Environmental Programs Calendar with the City’s Notify Me system.

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1. When does the Polystyrene Foam Ban go into effect?
2. What businesses does the ordinance apply to in Malibu?
3. What are the requirements of this ordinance?
4. What is polystyrene foam?
5. What products are acceptable alternatives to polystyrene foam?
6. What is the purpose of the ban?
7. Isn’t polystyrene foam already banned in Malibu?
8. How is this ordinance different from the 2005 ordinance?
9. Who is responsible for enforcement?
10. Are there waivers available?
11. Is polystyrene foam recyclable in Malibu?