South Lake Tahoe to implement Styrofoam ban starting in October
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The city council of South Lake Tahoe approved an ordinance this week that would prohibit all restaurants from using Styrofoam containers, plastic cutlery, cups and straws. The ordinance is part of the city's initiative to move to 100% renewable energy by 2032. Restaurants have until October 3, 2018 to remove all Styrofoam items from their eaterys. If they violate the ordinance, restaurants will receive a warning from the city.
However, most restaurants have already removed plastic products. Jonathan Martinez, the manager of Ten Crows BBQ, has been using Eco-friendly materials since he took over the restaurant in September.
"We first took this place over in September they had plastic bags and containers that is something are group is strongly against," Martinez said. "There is no reason why we shouldn't t take part in the movement, and being more Eco-friendly."
Using plastic products is cheaper according to Martinez. A box of those products would cost him around $20, while a box of green containers costs $50. Martinez said he doesn't mind spending extra because because he wants to help the environment.
"we are appreciative of the land we are in," Martinez said. "We want to make sure that is spoken through our to go orders and to go boxes."
Another restaurant in town implements the same strategy. Lauren Lapin, the manager of Azul Latin, has been the manager for around two years. She has never used Styrofoam boxes for her to-go orders. She uses boxes that can be composted.
"we use compost boxes so they do break down," Lapin said. "We are grateful to be in a place that is environmentally conscious and having our back on sustaining this beautiful place we call home Lake Tahoe."