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San Diego’s New Styrofoam Recycling Program Comes with a Big Cost

This effort is a result of the Dart Container Corporation’s two-year-long push to get San Diego to start recycling foam food containers.

The City of San Diego is launching a new Styrofoam recycling program, which will cause the city to lose at least $90,000 a year. The cost comes in part from hauling the foam and other small bits of plastic to a special sorting facility in Lost Angeles County that is capable of properly processing the material.

This effort is a result of the Dart Container Corporation’s two-year-long push to get San Diego to start recycling foam food containers.

Voice of San Diego has more details:

The city of San Diego plans to lose at least $90,000 a year recycling plastic-foam food containers.

One of the big winners of the new plan are the makers of the plastic-foam, often called Styrofoam. They include Dart Container Corporation, a plastics maker that’s spent over $200,000 in recent years donating to local political campaigns and lobbying the San Diego City Council.

San Diego, like other cities across the state, wants to do everything it can to avoid sending stuff to landfills. There are a few ways to do this: Residents can use less, reuse more stuff or ban specific items from being used in the first.

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