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San Jose May Ban StyrofoamSan Jose May Ban Styrofoam

Allan Gerlat

March 8, 2013

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San Jose May Ban Styrofoam

The San Jose, Calif., City Council is moving toward a ban of Styrofoam in food service outlets.

The council agreed to move forward with the development of a polystyrene phase-out ordinance, said Cheryl Wessling, communications manager for the city, in an e-mail. Plans call for a ban to be phased in over two years beginning Jan. 1, 2014, for large and chain restaurants, and Jan. 1, 2015, for smaller food service outlets.

The city is encouraging smaller restaurants to arrange for joint packaging purchases to control costs. The ordinance would allow for exemptions for financial and hardship cases.

Potential alternatives cost between 1 and 3 cents per package, according to Kerry Romanow, city environmental services director.

Based on incorrect information supplied by the city, an earlier version of this story said council had approved a ban.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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