Styrofoam food containers officially banned in Minneapolis

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Styrofoam containers have officially been banned in Minneapolis -- again. The law -- actually a re-updated version of a Styrofoam ban that passed two decades ago but was never enforced -- will take effect on Earth Day, April 22, of next year.

The renewed ban on the non-recyclable, non-reusable, and non-compostable containers was proposed by Andrew Johnson and passed unanimously in City Council on Friday. Fines for breaking the law, however, have been lowered.


See also:
Minneapolis restaurant owners respond to proposed Styrofoam ban

"Essentially, we're going to start enforcing this, and it's now improved," Johnson told the Star Tribune. "We're rebanning it."

It's estimated that 10 million Styrofoam containers are thrown away in Minnesota each year. Styrofoam is not impossible to recycle, but is difficult to clean and far costlier to recycle than other, more sustainable containers. Styrofoam also contains potentially cancer-causing chemicals that leach into food, especially when heated.

City health inspectors will be more diligently seeking out restaurants that continue to use Styrofoam after the ban is enforced, and violators will be subjected to fines. Customers can also call 311 to report any restaurants that continue to use Styrofoam after the ban goes into effect next April.

The updated bill will allow restaurants to use compostable containers, instead of just recyclable or reusable containers, and restaurants will be required to provide recycling and compost bins.



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declanring
declanring

This stuff is a BIG problem. If you have a few minutes check out this video I made in Golden Valley MN. This is really good news. Thanks guys


http://youtu.be/CY2qpaPcW6Y

Debbie Pickard Thompson
Debbie Pickard Thompson

I miss Mpls. where people are fined for not recycling. Here in Indy we pay to have our recyclables picked up.

Suzanne Starks
Suzanne Starks

Yes!!! I agree with other responder - what about the rest of the state - and the nation!?

Brad Jensen
Brad Jensen

Children will have more trouble producing napalm ..... Terrible

Shari Knop
Shari Knop

Will this law be enforced at hospitals? They are by far some of the largest garbage producers and anti recyclers in the county!!!

Justin Irvine
Justin Irvine

Whats odd is that the MPLS VA hospital does not have to follow this because its on federal land and it uses millions of these per year.

Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson

good idea any extras can b sent to my city to fill pot holes here lol

Patsy Gordon
Patsy Gordon

Finally! I always ask for cardboard or foil!

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Mary Aho probably because saying things like, "We promote the use of Styrofoam containers in 2014", Just sounds stupid?

emily1984
emily1984

Too bad the picture City Pages has chosen does not represent the type of polystyrene that is relevant to the ordinance.

Ray Cracauer
Ray Cracauer

I'll have to burn twice as many next earth day

Mary Aho
Mary Aho

Why do people find banning things cool?

Reid LeRud
Reid LeRud

Minneapolis has a lot of time on their hands I see.

Brandon Ward
Brandon Ward

Like with an extra "like" with a cherry on top:)

Nathan Heiling
Nathan Heiling

Can we ban corrupt government that pass stupid useless laws

Nathan Heiling
Nathan Heiling

Too bad them "biodegradable" containers take more energy and raw materials to make then the styrofoam ones

gluvin
gluvin

Not exactly a good thing.  There is a lot of debate on whether paper cups (the typical replacement for Styrofoam) is a better choice.  They are less recyclable, take more energy to make, and take longer to decompose.  St. Thomas has been using Styrofoam cups for some time because it is the greener choice when compared to paper cups.


http://1800recycling.com/2010/03/styrofoam-paper-cups/ 

Serene.Green
Serene.Green

You say that like it's something to be ashamed of? With carbon dioxide polluting 400 parts per million of our air supply, I PROUDLY support the idea of less trash and more trees. A tree's entire life is spent cleaning the air YOU breathe. Without them, humanity WILL become extinct. More people should get their asses in gear and hug a damn tree.

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