SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (Aug. 29, 12:45 p.m. ET) — A California bill that would ban the use of polystyrene foam at food establishments in the state passed an Assembly committee and will be read in the body for a third and final time later today.
The bill, Senate Bill 568, already passed the Senate in May. The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted 9-5 to pass the bill to the full Assembly for a final vote. The bill was brought forward by Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.
The bill has been amended several times since leaving the Senate, including extending the time for the bill to go into effect until Jan. 1, 2016, and exempting school districts and prisons. The bill would allow the ban to go unenforced in a community that is able to recycle 60 percent of its polystyrene.
Several business organizations, including the California State Chamber of Commerce has spoken out against the bill, which has been supported by many environmental organizations and a handful of communities. Forty-eight communities in California have a similar ban on polystyrene.