SAN LEANDRO, CALIF. (Oct. 18, 3:30 p.m. ET) — Two more northern California cities have banned polystyrene take-out foodservice packaging, bringing the total number of PS bans in the state to nearly 50.
A ban on the use of PS takeout packaging for prepared foods in San Leandro — approved earlier this month — will go into effect Nov. 1. A nearly identical ban in Foster City, approved at a second reading Oct. 17, will go into effect April 1, 2012.
Both bans bar the use of single-use PS disposable foodservice items — such as plates, cups, trays, clamshell, hinged and lidded containers. However, both bills exclude single-use straws, drink lids and utensils from the ban.
The two bans apply to anyone selling prepared food within city limits, including food vendors. The San Leandro ban further requires anyone selling prepared food to use compostable or recyclable foodservice ware.
Forty-five cities and four counties in California have bans on PS takeout packaging. More than 80 percent of those communities are in the area between the Monterey Peninsula and the San Francisco-Oakland area, and most of them are coastal communities.
The bans represent a combined area that accounts for less than 10 percent of the state's population. Further up the coast, there are PS bans in Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Issaquah, Wash.