Plastic foam ban in effect in San Mateo Co.

July 2, 2008 10:53:47 AM PDT
Beginning today, San Mateo County departments will no longer be allowed to use plastic foam cups thanks to the Board of Supervisors who adopted an ordinance in February banning the material in an effort to protect the environment.

The ordinance requires county departments to use only biodegradable, compostable, reusable or recyclable plastic food service ware.

Plates, cups and other food service ware made of polystyrene are environmental pollutants because they cannot be recycled or reused, according to the ordinance.

The Board adopted the ordinance in order to lead the way in preserving the environment and the health of citizens.

All food service providers for the county will be required to adhere to the ordinance.