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San Diego Becomes Largest CA City to Ban Styrofoam

The ordinance restricts the sale of take-out food containers made with polystyrene and plastic foam.

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    San Diego Becomes Largest CA City to Ban Styrofoam

    NBC 7's Ashley Matthews spoke to small business owners who sya the ban will hurt their bottom line. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019)

    San Diego has become the largest city in the state of California to ban Styrofoam products after city council voted 6-3 to pass the restrictive ordinance.

    The San Diego City Council voted to approve a law that restricts the use of products made with polystyrene and plastic foam, like take-out containers, coolers and egg cartons. 

    The ordinance will likely go into effect in April and fines for violating the law will be $200 for the first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. 

    The vote followed more than an hours-worth of public comment where local restaurant owners and other opposing groups pleaded with the council to oppose the impending ban.

    Restaurant Owners Make Final Plea to Reverse Styrofoam Ban

    [DGO] Restaurant Owners Make Final Plea to Reverse Styrofoam Ban

    NBC 7's Omari Fleming spoke to restaurant owners and managers with differing opinions on the ban.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 7, 2019)

    Restaurant owners argued the alternative, environmentally-friendly containers would cost them nearly twice as much and would force them to pass the additional cost on to their customers.

    "[Lawmakers] don't think about the small business owners, how prices are going to increase, or how we're going to be impacted with the supplies and the money we have to spend," said Andres Rodriguez, the owner of Antojitos Colombianos in Logan Heights.

    San Diego Becomes Largest Calif. City to Ban Styrofoam

    [DGO] San Diego Becomes Largest Calif. City to Ban Styrofoam

    While business owners say they're eco-friendly, the new ban on Styrofoam still hurts their bottom line.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    Some restaurant owners, like Mikey Knab, the operation's manager at Kensington's Ponce's Mexican Restaurant, said he is for the environmental benefits of the ban.

    He told NBC 7 the restaurant switched to more environmentally-friendly materials last year and has seen a decline in prices due to an increase in demand. 

    City Council Passes Ban on Styrofoam

    [DGO] City Council Passes Ban on Styrofoam

    The San Diego City Council passed a ban on Styrofoam that divided some restaurant owners and environmental activists. NBC 7's Alex Presha has more.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    The Environmental Services Department is to provide a list of safe alternative containers. 

    Restaurants can petition the department for a hardship waiver, which will be awarded on a case-by-case basis for restaurants that would have financial difficulty making the switch to alternative products. 

    What the Styrofoam Ban Covers

    [DGO] What the Styrofoam Ban Covers

    The San Diego City Council passed a new ban on Styrofoam products. NBC 7's Catherine Garcia has more on what exactly will be affected.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    Any restaurants that currently have a contract with styrofoam companies can petition the Environmental Services Department for a waiver so that agreements are not broken.

    The ordinance will also require businesses to only provide plastic utensils and straws upon request.

    The council first voted 5-3 in October to ban Styrofoam products in the city and Tuesday's second vote solidified the ordinance into law.