New City Ordinance In Effect
Did you bring your reusable cup? As of March 1, 2018, a City ordinance banning single use cups, straws, and bottles went into effect on City property and at special events on City property, like the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market. Be sure to bring your reusable, refillable beverage containers to The Market from here on out!
The intention of the ordinance is to comply with the City’s Climate Action Plan, as well as educate and inspire residents to mitigate their carbon footprint and find alternatives to plastics. It is not intended to curtail sales or stifle business. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year- an incredible amount of waste that typically ends up in creeks, oceans, and open space.
The ordinance prohibits establishments from distributing single use straws to customers unless asked to do so. The ban also limits the sale and distribution of single use plastic bottles under 21 ounces and single use cups on City property and at special events on City property. As such, the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market and Concerts in the Plaza, among other signature Downtown SLO events, will be affected by the ban. Patrons of The Market and Concerts in the Plaza should bring their own reusable, refillable beverage containers for these events moving forward. Downtown SLO is committed to maintaining high quality, community-enriching events that also align with the City’s larger goals and policies. You can learn more about the ordinance at slocity.org.