Imperial Beach Considers Polystyrene Ban

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Credit: Associated Press
Above: Foam soup containers are stacked in a New York restaurant, Feb. 14, 2013.

Imperial Beach could become the latest city in California to ban plastic foam food containers.

The Imperial Beach City Council will consider an ordinance Wednesday that would prohibit restaurants from using polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, and follow in the footsteps of more than 100 other cities across the state, including Solana Beach and Encinitas.

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The city of San Diego decided over the summer to recycle the containers instead of adopting a ban.

Polystyrene is not biodegradable. Supporters of the ban say polystyrene litter hurts marine life and recycling the product is not cost effective. But opponents say switching to environmentally-friendly food packaging is expensive.

Michael Torti, chair of the San Diego County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, discusses Wednesday on Midday Edition, the impacts of polystyrene on the environment.