Colorado lawmakers take first step toward banning polystyrene takeout containers |

Colorado lawmakers take first step toward banning polystyrene takeout containers

The Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community aims to reduce expanded polystyrene or Styrofoam. The Town of Avon has signed on to the plan and will hold a public hearing on banning expanded polystyrene on Jan. 28.

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.

Read the full story via The Denver Post.

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