California Legislators Want to Ban Styrofoam* Containers for Takeout Food

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Those damn ninnies at the California State Legislature! Our state's economy is still moribund, businesses are getting the hell out and moving to Texas, and they want to keep that "temporary" sales tax increase implemented a couple of years ago.

So what's the latest, most important thing to worry about and legislate against? Styrofoam* takeout food containers.

Long Beach-area state senator Alan Lowenthal recently, successfully shepherded a bill through the State Senate that bans restaurants and food vendors from using foam containers for takeout vessel. In his infinite mercy, Lowenthal plans to amend his law once it reaches the State Assembly to allow restaurants to phase out their use until 2016, and schools until 2017. Read all the updates here.

The argument, of course, is the indestructibility of Styrofoam* containers and the fact too many morons just dump them across California, but--and I hate to sound like a Republican here--why bother with legislating them out when the market is already doing that. Many of OC's finer restaurants already use biodegradable containers, and have been for years--sure, it's a bit more expensive, but they've found enough consumer demand for healthy living. Going against foam containers only adds another headache to our vital restaurant industry, one already having to deal with onerous health inspectors of every stripe.

Want to do something worthwhile with food in your district, Alan? Declare the original Taco Bell in Downey a historical landmark or something...

*Styrofoam, of course, is a registered trademark of Dow blah blah blah

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Styrofoam
Styrofoam

Perhaps the more practical thing to do for our legislators - other than to sponsor a bill like this - is to encourage and find ways on how they can recycle materials like Styrofoam products which are surely useful and recyclable.

Michael Huang
Michael Huang

Don't CA legislators have more pressing matters to attend to?

Parley Baer
Parley Baer

"I hate to sound like a Republican"

Join the club. As most bellicose liberals eventually discover, you are a Republican, the remaining few usually becoming one of those guys "Willing to Work for food."

DanGarion
DanGarion

Aren't many of the foam containers used nowadays recyclable nowadays anyway?

Jeff Overley
Jeff Overley

Fun fact: Foam takeout containers aren't made of Styrofoam, which is generally used as a building material or with arts and crafts. Dow called me a few years back requesting a correction when I wrote about cities banning foam containers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

GArellano
GArellano

Hey, if you want to pal up with closeted, pedophile-protecting corrupt Republicans here in OC, knock yourself out. Say hola to Mike Carona for us!

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Actually, there are a lot of problems with recycling food containers (caution, huge tl;dr generalization ahead)—the food tends to taint the recyclability of the materials, even if they would normally be good candidates for recycling in their "pure" state.

Pizza boxes, for example, are not usually recyclable, and neither are Styrofoam™ polystyrene foam containers.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Can't wait to get the same call! Man, these multinationals and their zeal over protecting trademarks that long ago became common parlance...

Parley Baer
Parley Baer

Like everyone else, as you get older and wiser, you will undoubtedly insist that the companies in your retirement portfolio jealously guard their trademarks and all other intellectual property. Or maybe you'll be content to retire in poverty -- who knows?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Retirement portfolio? You mean the Hunt's tomato can filled with my spare change?

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