Washington mayor seeking ban on polystyrene food-service containers

Published: November 11, 2013 3:52 pm ET
Updated: November 11, 2013 3:56 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy, Sustainability, Food service

Washington, D.C., already has a 5-cent plastic bag fee in place. Now the mayor is pushing for a ban on polystyrene foam.

Mayor Vincent Gray introduced the potential ban in a group of 11 potential laws aimed at various sustainability measures, according to city records. The law, dubbed the “Anacostia Pollution Prevention Act of 2013,” would prohibit the use of polystyrene containers for food service providers. The law, if passed, would go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

In a letter to the City Council, Gray said he aims to make the District of Columbia “the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States,” through the various environmental initiatives started in 2012.

“We have accomplished much in the past year and this package, coupled with the set of mayor’s orders I will promulgate will enable changes to the legislative and regulatory landscape to ensure that we move even further along on the path of making the District an international destination for people and investment, and a model of innovative policies and practices that improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for all District residents,” Gray wrote in the letter introducing the measure.

According to the measure, the mayor would define a range of compostable and recyclable materials that could be used in replace of PS.

“Reducing the use of polystyrene, which cannot be recycled or composted, will help clean the Anacostia and other waterways of polystyrene trash,” he wrote.

PS can be recycled, but collecting the material and finding collection locations can be difficult with very few communities accepting it as part of its curbside recycling program.


Comments

Washington mayor seeking ban on polystyrene food-service containers

Published: November 11, 2013 3:52 pm ET
Updated: November 11, 2013 3:56 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

EcoCortec develops marine degradeable film to help reduce debris

September 2, 2014 9:55 am ET

Croatian specialist packaging producer EcoCortec has developed marine biodegradable film products designed to combat the scourge of plastics...    More

Image

California lawmakers give final approval to plastic bag ban

August 30, 2014 6:00 am ET

Under the measure, single-use plastic bags will be barred from California retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores, as ...    More

Image

Poor plastic coating prompts cable recall

August 29, 2014 2:10 pm ET

Australia's competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has ordered a major recall of 2,485 miles of electrical ...    More

Image

EPA fines RI polymer company

August 29, 2014 1:20 pm ET

A Rhode Island polymer manufacturer has reached a $60,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating federal clean...    More

Image

Green trend boosts plastic building materials business in China

August 29, 2014 9:42 am ET

The greening of China's domestic building materials market is giving the plastics industry a boost.    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events