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Packaging Changes for Takeout Restaurant Meals & Leftovers

Restaurant packaging faces environmental regulations and PR opportunities.

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green restaurant food packaging In May (07), the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to study the feasibility of banning polystyrene-foam containers in all county-owned facilities and at county-sponsored or county-permitted events. A report about the possible ban is due back to the board in late August.

San Francisco banned the distribution of plastic grocery bags in supermarkets and drugstores in March (07). By March '08, patrons of those businesses will choose from among recyclable paper bags, plastic bags that can be composted or reusable cloth bags. A ban on polystyrene-foam food containers took effect on June 1.

Polystyrene foam already is banned in a number of California cities, including Oakland, Santa Monica, Malibu and Berkeley.

Polystyrene-foam containers and most plastic bags are manufactured using petroleum. This foam can leach styrene, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies as a possible human carcinogen. Additionally, a large quantity of plastic bags and polystyrene-foam containers make their way into waterways, where they can threaten wildlife.

Kearsten Shepherd of the California Restaurant Association ( CRA). says they supports L.A. County’s study-the-issue-first approach and will be working with the county to evaluate packaging options.

SOURCE:

Biodegradable Products Institute
www.bpiworld.org



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