SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Foam food containers are closer to becoming a thing of the past in San Jose after the city council voted Tuesday to pursue phasing out polystyrene foam use in the city’s restaurants.
By a 9-2 vote, the council will now move forward with the process. City officials still have to provide an environmental impact report, which could take months, although the ban could be in place by next year.
“To date, almost 60 California cities have banned EPS foamware at food restaurants, including San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont,” said Kerrie Romanow, San Jose Environmental Service Director. “This past January, Sunnyvale joined Palo Alto and unincorporated Santa Clara in enacting a ban and at least four other South Bay cities are actively considering action.”