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Activists work to ban styrofoam containers by starting small

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Styrofoam containers for takeout food are convenient, but also pretty environmentally unfriendly.

Instead of going to Sacramento to lobby for an outright ban, however, environmentalists are aiming small.

They're getting cities and counties throughout California to ban them first. The strategy takes a page from the state's ban on plastic shopping bags, which started with similar restrictions in places like Pasadena and San Francisco.

To explain this political strategy is CALmatters reporter Laurel Rosenhall, whose latest story is "Foam Fight: As California balks at state ban, activists target local level."

Listen to the full interview using the audio player above.