Monday, March 2, 2009

Polystyrene Ban Proposed For California

While we are bailing out banks, and small businesses

Brian Isaeff, Territory Manager With US Foodservice Leads A Seminar On How To Fold Origami Swan Togo Boxes Out Of Recycled Newspaper

are closing in a stiffling economic environment, legislation was introduced by two Democratrepresentatives in California on Friday would ban the use of polystyrene foam and non-recyclable disposable foodservice containers by restaurant operators and retail food vendors statewide.

In spite of the fact that it is cheaper to produce, and creates less of a carbon footprint to transport, Assembly Bill 1358, introduced by Reps. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Petro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, would Legislate the use of compostable containers in cities where organic waste is collected, as well as recyclable plastic or paper products made from post-consumer recycled material.

More than 30 cities and counties in California have passed some form of a ban on the use of polystyrene foam takeout containers. Environmental groups argue that polystyrene foam is one of the leading sources of marine pollution and debris along California’s beaches.

As introduced, the state legislation would leave local ordinances intact.

Restaurant operators across the state oppose a statewide mandate, saying that alternative environmentally friendly options for foodservice ware are significantly more expensive. Many argue that passing the cost on to consumers is not an option at a time when guests are already bailing out so many other failed legislated mandates.

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