Thursday, May 29, 2014

Polystyrene or Styrofoam? Either way, it can be replaced as a food container

To-go boxes have got to go, Minneapolis City Council says

Article by: Bill MCAULIFFE
May 24, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Now they mean it.

More than two decades after Minneapolis officials banned polystyrene containers, the City Council on Friday voted unanimously to reduce the fine for violations, but to step up enforcement.

The move could mean that the familiar white foam coffee cups and food to-go containers will soon — and once and for all — be removed from the fast-food landscape, and consequently from the city’s waste stream, said Council Member Andrew Johnson, who sponsored the measure. The measure also legalizes compostable food containers.

“Essentially, we’re going to start enforcing this, and it’s now improved,” Johnson said. “We’re rebanning it.”

The move primarily affects local restaurants and other establishments that send food out the door in polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, which Johnson asserted can leach cancer-linked chemicals into food, particularly hot food.

(More here.)

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