Agenda Item 11
October 10, 2014
Bill 41-14, Solid Waste (Trash) - Food Service Products
Packaging Materials - Requirements
Bill 41-14, Solid Waste (Trash)
Food Service Products - Packaging Materials
Requirements, sponsored by Councilmember Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, and
Councilmember EIrich, was introduced on September 9. A Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy
and Environment Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for October 30 at 2:30 p.m.
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 ofthe
use of polystyrene foodware (See ©8-9). Expanded polystyrene ("polystyrene foam"),
frequently referred to as Styrofoam, is common1y 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 hannful to both the environment and human health.