No more Styrofoam containers in D.C.?

November 7, 2013

Should D.C. ban foam containers, it would join Seattle, San Francisco and dozens of other cities. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Mayor Vincent C. Gray took the next step in his Sustainability D.C. campaign Wednesday by rolling out a new package of legislation that would, among many other things, ban plastic foam food and beverage containers by 2018. Much like the bag tax, Gray is selling it as a way to keep trash out of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. The American Chemistry Council, which represents the plastics industry is already pushing back, but the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is keeping an open mind. And environmental advocates are obviously pleased. Foam containers tend to disintegrate into tiny particles. “We can pick up big pieces of paper and plastic,” says Anacostia Riverkeeper Mike Bolinder, “but those little pebbles of Styrofoam — unless you get out there with a shop vac, they’re kind of impossible to pick up.” More from WUSA-TV and WAMU-FM.

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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