San Jose Seeks Ban on EPS Foam Food Ware

San Jose Seeks Ban on EPS Foam Food Ware

Releases BYOB Ordinance 1st-Year Results
San Jose, CA, Feb. 14, 2012 - San Jose, California passed it's Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) ordinance on Dec. 14, 2010. The ordinance went into effect on Jan. 1st, 2012.

Guadalupe River, which runs through San Jose has been listed as “impaired by trash” under the Federal Clean Water Act.
Guadalupe River, which runs through San Jose has been listed as “impaired by trash” under the Federal Clean Water Act.

Since that time, the city has also been working to ban the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food ware in restaurants and foodservice establishments. Foam take-out containers made from EPS would no longer be allowed.

According to the city, used plastic bags and foam food ware has been a nuisance trash for many years, not only clogging San Jose's storm sewer system but also placing marine life in danger.

Several local waterways have been formally listed as “impaired by trash” under the Federal Clean Water Act, including the Guadalupe River, pictured above. This has triggered regulatory action to significantly reduce the amount of trash reaching our waterways.

The City of San Jose's BYOB ordinance banning plastic bags was the beginning of the city's efforts to address these issues. Now, it seeks to eliminate unnecessary EPS foam food ware as its next step.

The City released a memorandum report last November reporting the 1st year results of the BYOB ordinance and updated progress on the EPS foam food ware ban. Read the report.

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