Oakland, California city officials are considering enacting an ordinance that would ban polystyrene foam — known as Styrofoam — in the city.
Oakland City Council’s Public Works Committee has endorsed a proposal by Councilmember Jean Quan that would require the transition from non-biodegradable products to biodegradable and compostable disposables, if the alternatives exist at the same price or less, the Oakland Tribune reported Wednesday.
Styrofoam-type waste is a huge blight on the community, said Quan, citing a study that shows 15 percent of litter collected in storm drains is plastic foam.
The proposal is being opposed by the California Restaurant Association.
If adopted, the measure would become effective in January, with violators first being warned and then fined up to $500, the Tribune said.