January 20, 2015
January 15, 2015
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Food Service Products -
Bill 41-14, Solid Waste (Trash)
Packaging Materials Requirements
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation
enact Bill 41-14 with amendments.
Bill 41-14, Solid Waste (Trash) - Food Service Products
Packaging Materials -
Requirements, sponsored by Councilmember Riemer, then-Council Vice President Leventhal, and
Councilmember Eirich, was introduced on September 9, 2014. A public hearing was held on
October 14, 2014, and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
worksession was held on October 30, 2014.
Bill 41-14 would:
prohibit the use of certain expanded polystyrene food service products by food
require the use of compostable or recyclable food service ware by the County,
County contractors or lessees, and food service businesses;
prohibit the sale of certain expanded polystyrene food service products and
polystyrene loose fill packaging;
provide for enforcement; and
generally amend County law regarding environmentally acceptable food service
products and packaging materials.
In 2012, the Council approved Resolution No. 17-522, expressing support for the
elimination of expanded polystyrene foodware in County Government cafeterias and encouraging
other public and private food service facilities to also consider the elimination of the use of
polystyrene foodware (See ©8-9). Expanded polystyrene ("polystyrene foam"), frequently and
inaccurately referred to as Styrofoam®, a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company,
is commonly used in disposable food containers, both for prepackaged and carry-out prepared
a letter dated November 5, 2014, the Dow Chemical Company explained the distinction between Styrofoam®
and the expanded polystyrene foam products that are the subject ofBill 41-14, and requested that Councilmembers
avoid any references to Styrofoam and instead replace those references with the generic polystyrene tenn.