Foam Ban map, as of June 2015
Foam Ban map, as of June 2015 Foam Ban map, as of June 2015

It’s official: Washington, DC has joined the ranks of cities that have banned plastic foam products (commonly called Styrofoam). On July 14, 2014, DC lawmakers passed the second and final round of a bill called “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2014,” which includes a ban on the product in restaurants and businesses.

Though the bill won’t come into its full effect until 2016, consumers will start to see changes months before that date.

Currently, all bans have appeared on a citywide or countywide level. Some of the cities and counties listed below have complete bans on Styrofoam and other polystyrene foam, which includes all places of business and public facilities. Others have enacted partial bans, regarding foam use in public facilities.

Don’t see your city or county on the list below? Encourage your city or county council representatives to make the switch!

First, here are the cities with current bills proposed to ban plastic foam. For the full list of cities and counties (by state) that have sworn off plastic foam already, keep scrolling.

Cities Considering Ban (By State)


San Luis Obispo, CA

State of California


Honolulu, HI


Chicago, IL


Boston, MA

Northampton, MA


Philadelphia, PA

Cities and Counties that have Officially Banned Plastic Foam (either partially or completely):

District of Columbia

Washington, DC


Bal Harbour, FL

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Key Biscayne, FL

Miami Beach, FL

North Bay Village, FL

Surfside, FL


Freeport, ME

Portland, ME


Montgomery County, MD


Amherst, MA

Brookline, MA

Great Barrington, MA

City of Nantucket, MA

County of Nantucket, MA

Pittsfield, MA

Somerville, MA

Williamstown, MA


Minneapolis, MN

New Jersey

Rahway, NJ

New York

Albany County, NY

Glen Cove, NY

New York, NY

Suffolk County, NY


Ashland, OR

Eugene, OR

Medford, OR

Portland, OR


San Marcos, TX


Issaquah, WA

San Juan County, WA

Seattle, WA


Alameda, CA

Albany City, CA

Aliso Viejo, CA

Belmont, CA

Berkeley, CA

Burlingame, CA

Calabasas, CA

Capitola, CA

Carmel, CA

Carpenteria, CA

Dana Point, CA

Del Ray Oaks, CA

El Cerrito, CA

Emeryville, CA

Fairfax, CA

Foster City, CA

Fremont, CA

Half Moon Bay, CA

Hayward, CA

Hercules, CA

Hermosa Beach, CA

Huntington Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Hills, CA

Laguna Woods, CA

Livermore, CA

Los Altos Hills, CA

Los Angeles County, CA

Los Gatos, CA

Malibu, CA

Manhattan Beach, CA

Marin County, CA

Marina, CA

Menlo Park, CA

Millbrae, CA

Mill Vallet, CA

Monterey City, CA

Monterey County, CA

Morgan Hill, CA

Newport Beach, CA

Novato, CA

Oakland, CA

Orange, CA

Orange County, CA

Pacific Grove, CA

Pacifica, CA

Palo Alto, CA

Pittsburg, CA

Pleasenton, CA

Portola Valley, CA

Redwood City, CA

Richmond, CA

Riverbank, CA

Salinas, CA

San Bruno, CA

San Carlos, CA

San Clemente, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Jose, CA

San Juan Capistrano, CA

San Leandro, CA

San Mateo City, CA

San Mateo County, CA

San Rafael, CA

Santa Clara City, CA

Santa Clara County, CA

Santa Cruz City, CA

Santa Cruz County, CA

Santa Monica, CA

Sausalito, CA

Scotts Valley, CA

Seaside, CA

South San Francisco, CA

Sonoma County, CA

Sunnyvale, CA

Ventura County, CA

Watsonville, CA

West Hollywood, CA

Yountville, CA

We’re always glad to add new names to this list! If you have a city that you think we missed, or if you think we’ve made an error, send an email to, or leave a comment below.

Kelsey Ryan is the editor of Groundswell’s magazine. She’s a linguist, fledgling Tolkien scholar, knitter, Oxford comma proponent, and firm believer in the use of stories for social good. Explore her website, or connect on Twitter: @kryanlion.