Senator Ben Allen to Hold Press Conference on Ocean Pollution Reduction Act to Phase out Styrofoam Food Containers

Monday, May 22, 2017
Los Angeles, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) will hold a press conference for the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act, SB 705, on Monday, May 22nd.  SB 705 will reduce the amount of toxic waste that pollutes our beaches and oceans, chokes our landfills and litters our communities by phasing out takeout polystyrene (AKA Styrofoam) food packaging that cannot be recycled or composted.  Over 100 municipalities in California have taken a stand against plastic waste by limiting the use of polystyrene, and this statewide ban on polystyrene food packaging will amplify these local efforts to fight plastic pollution. The press conference will be held at UCLA’s campus, where polystyrene was eliminated from their dining operations in 2009 as part of a Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020 policy target.
Who:          Senator Ben Allen, Author of SB 705, the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act
                  Councilmember Paul Koretz, Author of the LA City Resolution in Support of SB 705
                  Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Author of the LA City Resolution in Support of SB 705
                  Heal the Bay
                  UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
                  5 Gyres
What:        Press Conference on the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act
Date:         Monday, May 22, 2017
Time:         9:00 a.m.
Location:    Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
                  425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Parking:   Parking Structure 8 immediately adjacent to the Center. From Westwood Boulevard, make a left onto Structure 8 Driveway (located just before the parking information kiosk and conference center). Proceed up the ramp to level four and park in any of the Pay-by-Plate parking spots. Media Vans may park at the Authorized Buses Only curb in the turnaround. 
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California State Senator Ben Allen represents the Westside, Hollywood and coastal South Bay communities of Los Angeles County.  Follow Senator Allen on Twitter: @BenAllenCA; Facebook:; and Instagram: @BenAllenCA.