Shaina Brown

Polystyrene package ban moves to suspense file

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, May 19, 2017

SB 705 (Ben Allen, D-Redondo Beach) was heard in Senate Appropriations on Monday, May 15 and was placed on the suspense file. SB 705 would prohibit restaurants, retailers, universities, detention facilities and more from using food service packaging made of polystyrene, or foam.

SB 705 would force restaurants to pay higher supply costs – hurting small mom and pop restaurants. SB 705 would also increase litter and landfill waste as five single use food service products would be needed to replace one foam cup. Currently, foam cups are less than one percent of landfill waste. Additionally, this ban would have significant impacts on manufacturing jobs in California.

CMTA is opposed to SB 705 and will continue to provide updates. 

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