South Lake Tahoe Styrofoam ban goes into effect

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) -- A styrofoam ban in South Lake Tahoe is officially underway. It was approved by the City Council in April and it looks 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.

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.

For more information on the ordinance, click here.