NEWPORT BEACH — The Newport Harbor High School class that rallied the Newport Beach City Council into banning Styrofoam products in restaurants in 2008 expanded its aim and moved its focus inland — starting with Costa Mesa.
The environmental surfing class is on a mission to get restaurants to ditch Styrofoam take-out containers and are asking cities to take the lead by banning the product that fills up landfills, kills wildlife and creates a mess at the beach, students said at a press conference Wednesday morning at the pier.
"We all want to go to the beach, and if [Styrofoam] is on the beach, it's not enjoyable," said freshman Antonio Rossi, 14.
The class lobbied the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night during public comment to take a stand against Styrofoam take-out supplies.
Mayor Gary Monahan directed the Planning Commission to look into the issue and bring it back to the council, Commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick said.