Free non-Styrofoam "starter kits" offered to Seaside restaurants.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Styrofoam to-go containers are soon to be history in Seaside, thanks to a unanimous City Council ban adopted Feb. 4.
But the law puts a pinch on restaurant owners who worry about the additional cost of compostable take-out packaging.
To ease the strain, Monterey Regional Waste Management District is offering free eco-friendly packaging starter kits to all Seaside restaurants and organizations that request them online at www.MRWMD.org, or by calling 384-5313. The kits include biodegradable coffee cups and to-go clamshells made of paper and sugar cane fiber.
Seaside is the fifth Peninsula city to ban the foam, after Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove, Monterey and Del Rey Oaks. The unincorporated county is close behind.