The ordinance prohibits the use of EPS food and drink containers by food providers in the City and requires that a recyclable, compostable or biodegradable product be used instead. Acceptable alternative products include uncoated paper, coated paper, cardboard, aluminum foil, compostable or “bio-products” and other non-foam, plastic containers with the “chasing arrow” symbol numbers 1–7.
For grocery stores and other retailers:
The ordinance prohibits the retail sale of any EPS product not encased in a more durable material such as disposable foam coolers, cups, plates, bowls and packing peanuts.
Exemptions are provided for certain products including:
• Foam trays for uncooked meats
• Food prepared or packaged outside of the City
• Packing materials which have been collected for reuse
• Products that contain EPS, but are encased in a more durable material
The ordinance will be effective January 1, 2016. Warnings will be given through July 1, 2016 and citations may be issued thereafter.