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Hermosa Beach battles to ban foam takeout boxes

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As cities across California are embroiled in the contentious movement towards eliminating plastic bags, another environmentally based container war is raging in the Hermosa Beach.

The Hermosa Beach City Council has voted in favor of banning single-use polystyrene (better known as Styrofoam) food containers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the primary component Styrene is a known toxic substance, with extended exposure contributing to depression, hearing loss, headaches and fatigue. Polystyrene can take hundreds of years to decompose if trashed instead of recycled.

According to the Daily Breeze, while the Hermosa Beach motion passed with only two dissenting votes, the ban is being opposed by a host of organizations, including the California Restaurant Association, American Chemistry Council and California Growers Association.