Agenda Item 4B
September 9, 2014
September 5, 2014
Food Service Products
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attometf'\
Bill 41-14, Solid Waste (Trash)
Packaging Materials - Requirements
Bill 41-14, Solid Waste (Trash) - Food Service Products
Requirements, sponsored by Councilmember Riemer and Council Vice President Leventhal, is
scheduled to be introduced on September 9. A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date.
Bill 41-14 would:
prohibit the use of certain expanded polystyrene food service products by food
(2) require the use of compostable or recyclable food service ware by the County,
County contractors or lessees, and food service businesses;
(3) prohibit the sale of certain expanded polystyrene food service products and
polystyrene loose fill packaging;
(4) provide for enforcement; and
(5) 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 referred to as Styrofoam, is commonly used in disposable food containers, both for
prepackaged and carry-out prepared food. This Bill builds upon the Council's action in
Resolution 17-522, generally prohibiting certain uses of polystyrene foam food service products,
prohibiting the sale of certain polystyrene foam products, and requiring the use of compostable
or recyclable food service ware.
a September 2 memorandum, Councilmember Riemer briefly
discussed the basis for his proposal (See ©10). Proponents of reducing or restricting the use of
polystyrene foam say that it is harmful to both the environment and human health.