The California state legislature has voted to ban polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam) take out containers. Restaurants and other vendors will no longer be able to package food or drink in the material starting January 1, 2014.
Polystyrene can take thousands of years to biodegrade in landfills and, in California, it constantly makes its way into storm drains that empty into the ocean and is the second most common type of beach litter. Basically, it's become an environmental scourge and California is hoping to do away with it.
Fifty jurisdictions in the state have already passed local bans and it's likely that a full house vote in August will make the ban statewide. With plenty of alternatives available, including compostable containers, businesses should have no problem complying.
via L.A. Times
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