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Colorado lawmakers take first step toward banning polystyrene takeout containers

ANNA STAVER | The Denver Post
Senate Bill 243 doesn’t specify what kinds of takeout containers Colorado restaurants should use if the state bans polystyrene containers — commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam. It just eliminates that kind of container in 4.5 years.

Two Democratic lawmakers are hoping that two weeks is enough time to pass a bill banning polystyrene food containers starting in 2024.

“The dangers of (polystyrene) for the environment, for wildlife are well known,” Sen. Mike Foote, D-Longmont, told a Senate committee Monday night during his bill’s first hearing. “It’s well past time as a state that we move on to something else.”

Senate Bill 243 doesn’t specify what kinds of takeout containers Colorado restaurants should use if the state bans polystyrene containers — commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam. It just eliminates that kind of container in 4.5 years.

It’s a different way of getting to the goal Foote and Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, share to transition Colorado toward more recyclable and compostable takeout containers. Their first attempt of the 2019 legislative session failed. They withdrew a bill that would have removed a state rule that prohibits cities and counties from setting their own standards for takeout containers.

“What we heard most from opponents of that bill is they would prefer a standard, uniform approach — a statewide approach,” Moreno said.

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