May 23 - LA County to Consider Ban on Polystyrene Food Packaging

The LA County Board of Supervisors will consider a ban on foamed polystyrene food packaging, reports Susannah Rosenblatt of the LA Times. Donald Wolfe of LA County Public Works told the Board regulation of polystyrene food containers was needed because the county spends about $15 million a year on devices to block the containers and other garbage from entering waterways.

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The Board will first consider whether to ban foamed polystyrene in county facilities and then whether to extend the ban to all establishments.

What You Can Do:

  • CAW is sponsoring legislation that cuts down on costly polystyrene waste and they need your help! Consider writing a letter for AB 904 (Feuer), which would require that all takeout food packaging be recyclable or compostable, and for AB 820 (Karnette), which would ban foamed polystyrene in state facilities.