Thursday, June 15, 2006

City of Santa Monica bans styrofoam

Kudos to the City of Santa Monica! Our City Council just took a bold, proactive step in addressing contamination by styrofoam disposables: ban the stuff altogether.

Council member Kevin McKeown championed a more expansive ban, including non-recyclable plastics in addition to styrofoam. Key to the discussion is styrofoam and plastics' impacts on our marine environment - these nasty synthetics stick around for an eternity, endangering wildlife, choking ecosytems, and spoiling our surf sessions.

How will this affect businesses? What sort of price tag will this carry? And might there be an opportunity to encourage more people to bring their own containers for carry out?