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Concord, Calif., to Ban Plastic Foam Packaging

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The ban goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

Concord, Calif., is the most recent city in the state to ban plastic foam packaging. The ban, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019, will prohibit cups, bowls, plates, clamshell takeout containers and serving trays made from expanded polystyrene.

To date, more than 100 cities in the state have passed similar bans. The ban in Concord, however, will not cover plastic straws, stir sticks or plastic cup lids, which are items other cities have included in their bans.

East Bay Times has more:

Following in the earth-friendly footsteps of several other East Bay cities, Concord will ban plastic foam packaging starting Jan. 1.

The City Council voted to prohibit cups, bowls, plates, “clamshell” takeout containers and serving trays made from expanded polystyrene, which can be difficult to recycle and add to the overall waste stream.

Concord joins more than 100 other California cities in doing so. In the East Bay, most Alameda County cities already have such bans, including the unincorporated area. In Contra Costa County, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Pittsburg, Richmond and Walnut Creek also prohibit the containers and trays.

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