Four Silicon Valley cities; Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Altos and Mountain View, are teaming up to ban the use of expanded polystyrene (ESP) or foam containers in the retail food establishments. Retail food establishments includes restaurants, fast-foods, bistros, food trucks and fair/festivals or any place that provides ready-to-consume food to the public will potentially be banned from using foam-based food take-away boxes.
On August 6th at the Sunnyvale Senior Center, all four cities held a open house to educate local food business owners on alternative take-out boxes as well as how to transition to the proposed ordinance.
ESP are a non-renewable resources that gets hauled away to junk landfills and are a major factor in the cities’ litter problem. As well, ESP causes pollutant to the local waterways and all four cities hope that by this ban water quality will improve considerably.
Other Bay Area cities have already implemented the ESP ban including Palo Alto, Fremont, Alameda and Burbank, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara.
Fast Haul encourage the debate for eco-friendly ordinance as well is an advocate of proper waste disposal. Cities looking to combat and cleanup trash pile-up caused by littering, should seek junk removal services such as Fast Haul to address their needs.
By: Ethan Malone