South Lake Tahoe bans Styrofoam in restaurants

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) Styrofoam is going extinct in South Lake Tahoe. April 3, 2018, the City Council approved an ordinence to regulate the use and sale of expanded polystyrene, or Styrofoam, food containers and products.

The ordinance bans restaurants and other food providers from using Styrofoam food and drink containers, and requires that a recyclable, compostable or biodegradable product be used instead. Restaurants and carry out providers are also prohibited from providing plastic cutlery, plastic straws or plastic stirrers except upon request.

The ordinance also prohibits the retail sale of any Styrofoam product not encased in a more durable material such as disposable foam coolers, cups, plates, bowls and packing peanuts.

South Lake Tahoe joins 114 other communities in California that have adopted similar ordinances. The purpose of this ordinance is to reduce and prevent the presence of this type of litter in the environment and to promote environmentally sustainable practices in the City of South Lake Tahoe.

The ordinance will go into effect October 3, 2018. Warnings will be given through April 3, 2019 and citations may be issued thereafter.

A violation of the ordinance by a food provider or vendor is subject to the following administrative fines:

1. A fine not exceeding $100.00 for a first violation.
2. A fine not exceeding $200.00 for a second violation of this chapter within one year.
3. A fine not exceeding $500.00 for each additional violation of this chapter within one year.