Say goodbye to the gas station coffee cup. San Francisco has passed the most far-reaching ban on plastic foam products in the country.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the anti-Styrofoam bill, written by Supervisor London Breed, on June 28. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, bans polystyrene in retail sales for a wide range of products including packing peanuts, ice chests, dock floats and those famous to-go coffee cups. Food-packaging products, like the meat and fish trays at the supermarket, will also be phased out.
San Francisco already has an antifoam law on the books. In 2007, it banned the use of polystyrene in to-go food containers. In fact, more than 100 cities have limited the foam products in some way. Polystyrene may be cheap, lightweight and effective at insulation, but it’s also an environmental and animal contaminant requiring centuries to biodegrade.