banning polystyrene foam for take-out packaging makes a lot of sense.
Foam is light-weight and breaks apart into small pieces. It is easily, widely dispersed in the environment and impacts our water quality in a big way.
A study published in 2011 found that 71% of all the plastic flowing through the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers is foam. From there the foam flows directly out to the ocean and then waves wash it back onto local beaches. It is the second most common form of beach debris in California, according to a study conducted in Orange County.
Foam’s economic impact is huge:
Foam’s environmental and health impacts are bad and growing
Worker and consumer health is also at risk.
Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam™) may seem like a cheap convenient material, but that is because its true costs to health and our environment are borne by others, including taxpayers and consumers. California must ban polystyrene take-out food containers. They are not recyclable, and safer, more sustainable alternatives are available.
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