San Fransisco local council has just unanimously voted to ban the sale of polystyrene products — also commonly called styrofoam — by 2017.
Styrofoam insulation products won’t be covered by these new rules, but the sale of all polystyrene food packaging, packing peanuts, takeaway containers, coffee cups, foam dock floatings, mooring buoys, and pool toys will be illegal on 1 January 2017.
This is a critical step towards San Francisco’s goal of being a waste-free city by 2020.
Polystyrene is one of the most commonly used packing products, and 25 billion polystyrene cups are thrown out each year in the US alone. Banning it from one major US city is still a huge step forward.