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Avon Implements Polystyrene Takeout Container Ban Effective January 1

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Avon Implements Polystyrene Takeout Container Ban Effective January 1

 

Effective January 1, 2024, retail food establishments within the Town of Avon are prohibited from using ready-to-eat food containers made from polystyrene foam (including hinged food containers, plates, bowls, cups and trays). Often referred to as Styrofoam™, this material is made from non-renewable thermoplastic petrochemicals which do not biodegrade and will fragment into small pieces that pollute our environment and can be ingested by wildlife. These materials cannot be repurposed or recycled locally.

The upcoming ban, adopted through Ordinance 21-05, is aligned with the State’s Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (PPRA or HB21-1162), which is intended to curb the detrimental impact of these harmful plastics on our environment and human health. 

Key Points of the Polystyrene Ban

  • Effective January 1, 2024, the ban prohibits the use of polystyrene products for use as ready-to-eat food containers, including hinged food containers, plates, bowls, cups and trays.
  • The ban applies to all retail food establishments within the Town, except schools. Polystyrene ready-to eat food containers purchased before January 1, 2024 may be distributed until the inventory is depleted or by the deadline of July 1, 2024. 

"We encourage our community members, local businesses, and educational institutions to proactively transition away from banned materials before the implementation date," stated Mayor Amy Phillips. "By implementing this ban, we aim to reduce plastic pollution, safeguard our natural surroundings, and promote healthier living for our residents and visitors."

Exemptions and Enforcement

The ordinance outlines exemptions for packaging of drugs, medical devices or dietary supplements regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are exempted. The exemption also applies to distribution of polystyrene products by schools in Avon. Violations of the ban will be considered civil infractions. The Code Enforcement team will issue warnings initially, with continued non-compliance possibly leading to court summons.

Support for Businesses

The Town of Avon is committed to supporting businesses in their transition to eco-friendly alternatives and welcomes engagement from the community regarding the ban's implementation.

For more information about the polystyrene ban, exemptions, and compliance guidelines, please visit https://www.avon.org/2483/Polystyrene-Takeout-Container-Ban.

For more information, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Charlotte Lin at clin@avon.org.

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