County Trashes Styrofoam
Supervisors signal OK on polystyrene packaging ban.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Pretty soon, your dinner-to-go will likely be packed in something other than a Styrofoam clamshell.
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors indicated support for an ordinance banning take-out polystyrene food packaging in the county's unincorporated areas.
The ban isn't final yet. At the request of Supervisor Jane Parker and several members of the public, the board agreed to shorten the grace period for food retailers to transition away from polystyrene. Instead of one year, they'll have six months to make the switch.
Because the ordinance language was changed, the Supervisors will have to vote one more time on it - likely as a consent calendar item on a future agenda.
If it finalizes a ban, the county will join a majority of Peninsula cities outlawing Styrofoam packaging: Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside and Del Rey Oaks. (The cities of Marina and Sand City haven't signed on yet.)
Read more at www.mcweekly.com/styro.