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Business Info Meeting – Polystyrene Ban

Good afternoon –

Many of you may know that earlier this year, the City Council adopted an ordinance (like many other Peninsula cities have done) to prohibit the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) food service ware. That ban will be effective on January 1, 2013, at which time Redwood City restaurants, cafés, delis, fast food establishments, vendors at festivals and fairs, food trucks, and other similar vendors will be prohibited from using food service ware made from polystyrene.

So…this enews is really directed to any of you who may be owners or operators of such a food establishment (we’ve also sent this information directly to the 500+ affected businesses in Redwood City).

To help manage the changeover to new materials, the City and the San Mateo County Department of Environmental Health are hosting an informational meeting for affected businesses. This is an opportunity for these businesses to learn about the alternative products they can use, and get their questions answered.

The meeting is scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2:30 pm
    Community Room, Downtown Library
    1044 Middlefield Road
    (use the elevator to the left of the Library’s front doors)

After the polystyrene ban becomes effective on January 1, 2013, San Mateo County staff will incorporate this element into their routine health inspections of affected business. Additional inspections may be made, based on complaints from community members.

In passing this ordinance, the City provided for a lengthy transition period, from May, 2012 to the end of the year. This meeting is to help make sure everyone is on track to be transitioned to new materials by the end of the year.

Reducing the use of Styrofoam is a good thing for our community’s residents and the environment, and Redwood City wants to help make sure the transition is successful. More information on polystyrene and the upcoming ban is on the City’s website,




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