In the state of California, the city of San Jose is moving forward with their plans to implement a ban on all polystyrene foam containers designed for food take out and grocery use.
The City Council of San Jose had previously investigated the possibility of establishing a local recycling program for the foam food containers, but the plan for that was ultimately rejected due to cost and implementation concerns. As a result, the city is moving forward to develop a policy that would ban the containers for all businesses within city limits.
The policy has supporters and detractors of the plan. Detractors, including the American Chemistry Council, cite other municipalities in California that are successfully recycling the polystyrene foam. However, supporters equally cite other communities in the state that have implemented bans on the substance with much success and relatively low hardship on area businesses.
The plan will be voted on by the City Council later this summer.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If you own a restaurant, deli, or small grocery with take-out food items, you know that polystyrene foam containers are a business staple. However, alternatives are available and it’s worth investigating them if your business is in an area that is seeing activity on implementing bans and limitations. It’s always better to be thinking ahead instead of being caught after the fact, so start investigating cost-effective, green friendly options today!