San Francisco expands polystyrene ban | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 29 | p. 17 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 18, 2016

San Francisco expands polystyrene ban

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: polymers, polystyrene, recycling, polystyrene foam, ban, water pollution
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Shopper holding a package of red meat in a polystyrene foam tray.
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San Francisco recently adopted the broadest ban on polystyrene foam items in the U.S. As of Jan. 1, 2017, a new city ordinance halts sales of meat trays, egg cartons, plates, cups, packing peanuts, coolers, pool toys, and dock floats made of expanded polystyrene foam. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors cited the contribution of polystyrene foam to plastic pollution in waterways, adding that the material cannot be composted and is difficult or impossible to recycle. In recent years, San Francisco and several other large cities across the U.S. have banned carryout food and beverage containers made of the plastic foam.

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