City of Philadelphia considers
Styrofoam reduction legislation
Legislation aimed at reducing
Styrofoam waste is up for consideration
by the Philadelphia City Council.
Bill 090064 targets polystyrene,
or Styrofoam. The material,
most often utilized in disposable
food service containers, may
end up the target of a legislative
ban. Instead of foam products,
the law would require that biodegradable,
compostable, or recyclable items
be used instead, unless no affordable
alternatives can be found.
Food businesses would be required
to state in writing that they
are in compliance with the ban
or face fines of up to $500,
depending on the number of offenses.
The ordinance would take effect
January 1, 2010.