Honolulu city council considers ban on styrofoam food containers

First there was a move to ban plastic bags on Oahu.

Now there is a proposal to target styrofoam food containers.

Bill 40 (PDF) was introduced Wednesday by Councilman Stanley Chang.

The proposal aims to ban food containers made of polystyrene foam.

Chang says the foam is a known to cause cancer, can be ingested by animals, and is bad for the environment.

He says there is a better option.

“This is a styrofoam container, it will not breakdown in our lifetime. This is a compostable container that will be able to breakdown in 18 months in a commercial compost facility and many retailers already use this,” Honolulu Council Member Stanley Chang said.

The proposal, if adopted, would ban styrofoam food containers on Oahu on Jan. 1, 2016.


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