Ban on Styrofoam take-out containers clears Council

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May 23, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The City Council approved updates to an ordinance banning polystyrene take-out containers today. 

The restriction on Styrofoam containers applies to restaurants, grocery stores, food trucks and event vendors in Minneapolis. The ban has technically been in place since 1989, but hasn’t been enforced.

The change means that businesses will be required to provide reusable, recyclable or compostable take-out containers for customers. It also reduces penalties for businesses who don't comply with the new regulation.

It goes into effect April 22, 2015 (Earth Day). 

The measure also includes an exemption for businesses if they can’t find a reasonable alternative to a polystyrene product.

Several other cities across the country have adopted similar restrictions on polystyrene packaging, including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and New York City.