Joseph O'Brien 5:30 p.m., July 29
Ban on Styrofoam Bins
Restaurant managers across California might have to go and get some new to-go containers if state lawmakers approve a bill banning polystyrene containers. The bill's aim is to force restaurants to purchase more environmentally-friendly bins. In 1986 the Environmental Protection agency ranked the Polystyrene manufacturing process as the fifth largest "creator" of hazardous waste.
If lawmakers approve the bill, food vendors would be prohibited from using the containers on January 2016. School districts across the state would have an additional year to comply.
As reported by MSNBC, the California Chamber of Commerce has already jumped on the initiative claiming it will force restaurants to spend more money on more eco-friendly containers, instead of hiring new employees or paying existing staff.
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