Hermosa Beach approves ban on Styrofoam takeout containers

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Hermosa Beach is considering whether to ban polystyrene containers. Proponents of the ban say it would cut down on pollution. Opponents consider it an unnecessary impediment to local businesses.

Hermosa Beach has joined more than 50 other local California agencies in approving a ban on plastic foam takeout food containers. The City Council on Tuesday night supported a ban on clamshell-style containers made from polystyrene, by a 3-2 vote.

Santa Monica Baykeeper's Liz Crosson says the boxes don't degrade naturally — that’s one reason dozens of local agencies in California have limited their use.

"Cities like the city of Santa Monica, Malibu, West Hollywood, the city of L.A. have implemented some type of ban on what we consider to be one of the most pervasive pollutants in the marine environment," says Crosson.

The California Restaurant Association has told Hermosa Beach city leaders they don’t need to enact a ban. Industry lobbyists argued that restaurants should be free to choose the containers if customers prefer them.

They also pointed out that some facilities recycle foam takeout containers.

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