In California, the San Clemente City Council will be voting on whether or not to ban the use of styrofoam dishware and containers. At issue is the increased cost to businesses and consumers, as readily available alternatives cost anywhere from one cent to seven cents more than the styrofoam ones on one side, and the removal of over 100,000 pieces of styrofoam collected by San Clemente’s Adopt-a-beach volunteers in 2009. Due to both contamination food contamination and the weak market caused by higher handling costs, little recycling of styrofoam occurs. Allowable alternatives at this time would include cardboard, paper, plastic and sugar cane based products.
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