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Californian city to ban plastic foam containers

Half Moon Bay City Council in the US, has approved an ordinance that requires all food vendors in the city to ban plastic foam takeout containers.

The new ordinance, which will go into effect on 1 August, requests the vendors to use containers made of reusable, recyclable, compostable and biodegradable materials.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the petroleum-based plastic foam, also known as polystyrene or Styrofoam is neither biodegradable nor recyclable and can leach chemicals into the food or drink inside the container.

Laura Kasa from Save Our Shores, an environmental organization said ban on Styrofoam takeout containers have had a noticeable effect on the amount that ends up littered on the beach.

Several other Peninsula cities, including Burlingame, Millbrae, Pacifica, San Bruno and South San Francisco, have already passed similar bans.