DC bans PS foam containers

08/04/2014

Washington D.C. believes it has a big problem. This time around it's not about crime or corrupt politicians, but rather polystyrene foam containers.

Starting in January 2016, food and beverages that are packaged in PS foam will no longer be permitted for carryout use. A ban on many other disposable foodservice products that are not "compostable or recyclable" will start in 2017.

"Last year's Sustainable DC Act represented an initial down payment on building a more sustainable future for our city,"said Mayor Vincent Gray, in a statement. "Today, we double down on our efforts to clean up the Anacostia River and preserve the District's invaluable natural resources for many decades to come. Signing this second bill removes obstacles and provides key incentives to help make the District healthier, greener and more livable for all."
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