SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) — In six months -- Styrofoam containers and products will no longer be sold in the City of South Lake Tahoe.
At a City Council meeting on Tuesday, the council approved the ordinance to regulate the use and sale of expanded polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, food containers and products within city limits.
The ordinance also includes that food providers (restaurants and carry out providers) shall not provide plastic cutlery, plastic beverage straws, or plastic stirrers expect upon request.
South Lake Tahoe joins 114 other communities in California who have also adopted similar ordinances.
The purpose of the ordinance is to reduce and prevent the presence of this type of litter in the environment and to promote environmentally sustainable practices in the City of South Lake Tahoe.
Styrofoam food and drink containers are prohibited by food providers in the city and requires that a recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable product be used instead. Approved alternative products include: uncoated paper, coated paper, cardboard, aluminum foil, compostable or "bio-products" and other non-foam, plastic containers with the "chasing arrow" symbol 1-7.
The ordinance will go into effect on October 3, 2018. Warnings will be given through April 3, 2019 and citations may be issued thereafter.
A violation of the ordinance by a food provider or vendor is subject to the following administrative fines:
1.A fine not exceeding $100.00 for a first violation.
2.A fine not exceeding $200.00 for a second violation of this chapter within one year.
3.A fine not exceeding $500.00 for each additional violation of this chapter within one year.