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On June 16, 2015, the City Council approved an ordinance to regulate the use and sale of expanded polystyrene (also called EPS or white plastic foam) food containers and products in the City.

Read the ordinance here.

Read the report to the City Council here.

For restaurants and food providers:

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.

See the flyer distributed to businesses here.


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.