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City to Consider Environmentally Acceptable Food Packaging Ordinance

Ordinance to be discussed at April 25 City Council meeting.

Post Date:April 20, 2017 1:56 p.m.

In order to reduce litter, wildlife and landfill impacts, the Davis City Council will be considering an ordinance to ban polystyrene foam (a.k.a. “Styrofoam”) from being used for serving food and beverages in Davis. The ordinance will require all items for serving food or beverages to either be reusable, recyclable or compostable. This item was originally scheduled to be reviewed at the regular Council meeting on April 18, 2017, but due to a full agenda, has been moved to the April 25 meeting.

City staff sent out a letter to all affected businesses in early March 2017, letting them know about the draft ordinance and held two stakeholder workshops, March 29 and 30. Only one business came to the workshops. Staff has received no further concerns about the ordinance from businesses and nothing but positive response from residents.

Polystyrene foam food and beverage packaging is not recyclable. Under the current city recycling program, all other single-use food packaging items are accepted as either recyclable or compostable.

Paper take-out coffee cups, paper plates, paper fries cups, and paper clamshells are all accepted for composting in the DWR recycling carts. Plastic disposable coffee cup lids, plastic straws, plastic utensils and all non-foam plastic cups are accepted for recycling in the DWR recycling carts.

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For more information, please contact Jennifer Gilbert, Conservation Coordinator, at 530-757-5686 or