JUNE 2009

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.