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San Diego City Council ready to vote on Styrofoam ban

San Diego City Council initially handed a ban in January 2019, which has been put on maintain for almost 4 years due to litigation.

SAN DIEGO — Styrofoam meals containers may quickly be a factor of the previous right here in San Diego for many who like to take their meals’ to go’ from eating places. 

On Tuesday, town council is ready to vote on a proposed ban on a number of merchandise made from polystyrene foam, pointing to the environmental hurt it causes. 

San Diego City Council initially handed this ban in January 2019.

That ban was held for almost 4 years due to litigation by eating places and firms producing foam containers. Now resolved, metropolis leaders seem poised to lastly ban Styrofoam.

“It ‘s time to say enough is enough,” stated council member Joe LaCava, who helps the ban. “We know it’s a problem.”

It’s a transfer that 130 different jurisdictions all through the state have already made, together with Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar, and Imperial Beach: banning merchandise constructed from Styrofoam, together with meals containers, egg cartons, cooler, and pool toys.

Supporters of the ban stated that as a result of Styrofoam isn’t bio-degradable and as a substitute breaks down into smaller and smaller items, it simply pollutes native waterways and poisons marine life, getting into the meals chain.

“We know that there is plastic in our food, our bodies, and most recently found in breast milk and fetal tissue,” stated Alex Ferron of the Surfriders Foundation. “Polystyrene foam is a plastic in a form that is the most capable of traveling through our environment and becoming unmanageable and unrecoverable.”

If handed, this new legislation would additionally make it unlawful for eating places and meals supply providers to hand out plastic utensils or straws except particularly requested by the shopper.

Under this proposed ban, smaller companies would have a 12-month grace interval, making beneath $500,000 a year to comply.

“We would probably use plastic or paper,” stated Huey Luna, who works at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue in Barrio Logan. He would not imagine the switchover can be exceedingly costly.

“I think other options are similar in cost or even cheaper,” he added. 

Proponents of this ban had been hoping to delay a brand new vote by town council, even after the years-long delay already in impact.

Speaking finally month’s Environment Committee meeting, an business consultant identified that his shoppers have employed scientists to analyze the potential public well being impacts of a Styrofoam ban.

“We would like the full city council to hear this in January of 2023 to have the advantage of this public health analysis that we’re preparing,” he stated. 

However, that delay isn’t being granted: San Diego City Council is ready to vote on this at their meeting on Tuesday.

If it passes, the ban will go into impact in April 2023.

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