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Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect In Washington, DC

Posted On: 2/3/2016

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TAGS: food service, Washington DC Styrofoam, food and drink container rules, vending, Vincent Gray

WASHINGTON -- A ban on Styrofoam food and drink containers went into effect in the nation's capital with the start of the new year.

The law, passed in 2014 by the Washington, DC, Council and then-mayor Vincent Gray, is part of a set of environmental regulations that also includes requiring businesses to use compostable disposable dining products by 2017. The law applies to any foodservice products designed for one-time use, including take-out containers, bowls, plates, trays and cups.

The Department of Energy and Environment will spot check to ensure businesses are complying. Establishments not in compliance will be issued a warning and given 30 days to follow the new law and fined $100 if still using the containers after 30 days.

The law does not apply to foam foodservice products purchased for home use, food or beverages filled and sealed in foam containers before a business receives them, or materials used to package raw, uncooked or butchered meat, fish, poultry or seafood.