Notice to Businesses: EPS Regulation

Written by Mukta Naran on . Posted in Home Page Category

SLOSP_PolystyreneIn June, the San Luis Obispo City Council approved an ordinance to regulate the use and sale of expanded polystrene (also called EPS or white plastic foam) food containers and  products. The ordinance will help protect the city’s natural environment and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills.  The ordinance will become effective January 1, 2016.

The ordinance requires restaurants and food providers to use recyclable, compostable or biodegradable products instead of EPS containers.  It also prohibits grocery stores and retailers from using disposable foam coolers, cups, plates, bowls and packaging peanuts. There are exemptions for certain products.  For more information and to learn more about the regulation, please click here or stop by our office at 1108 Garden Street, Suite 210.

Also, food providers have the ability to apply for a one time, one year exemption from the ordinance if alternative products are unaffordable or unavailable.  To apply for this you must submit a form by November 1, 2015. Exemption forms are available at

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San Luis Obispo Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647

(805) 458-5153

Old SLO Trolley

Trolley service is provided from both of the parking structures and at convenient locations within the Downtown core approximately every 15 minutes. The fare is 50 cents. Hours of operation are:

  • Thursdays - 5 PM to 9 PM - Year Round
  • Fridays - 5 PM to 9 PM - June-Labor Day
  • Saturday - 5 PM to 9 PM - April - October

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.