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California Tightens the Noose on Small Businesses

California Could be First State to Ban Foam Containers

SACRAMENTO – Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California’s Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins are razor thin.


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  1. ottnott

    People sure do hate it when their externalized cost free ride ends.

    Dozens of California cities have already banned the foam containers, including San Francisco in 2007.

    Remember the all the news stories about the end of take-out dining in San Francisco? Neither do I.

    “San Francisco banned polystyrene containers in 2007, but the city’s ingrained emphasis on conservation made the switch relatively easy, said Rob Black, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.

    ‘I do know that many of the restaurants had already started a transition to compostable or biodegradable containers, so it was actually not as big of a transition as people might think because it was already something that was happening within the culture here,’ he said.”

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  2. drummerboy

    the reason why adm fully financed mblx. for it’s biodegradable containers. it’s an excuse to fee someone and thing to death, is all. nice to know that the local chambers of commerce are not doing their part.

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  3. ottnott

    “The City of Millbrae Chamber of Commerce surveyed their members when the city was considering a ban. They decided that they would support the ban and make it a publicity opportunity- several restaurants joined the Green Business program and transitioned earlier than the ban. They were happy with the PR they received from being early adopters. Now, according to the Chamber, the costs of alternative packaging are decreasing and the products are much more widely available. Their members find these products at Costco and Smart & Final.”

    “Old Town Salinas and the Salinas Chamber of Commerce were also in support of the ban that has taken three years to finally pass into law in Salinas.”

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