Community meetings scheduled on May 23 to discuss polystyrene food ware ordinance

by Contributed Content on May 21, 2012

The City of Menlo Park is considering prohibiting the use of polystyrene food ware products from being distributed by food vendors and restaurants by adopting San Mateo County’s polystyrene food ware ordinance. This would result in a reduced amount of polystyrene litter from disposable food ware.

According to Rebecca Fotu, Environmental Program Manager for Menlo Park, the City’s stormwater permit requires a 40% reduction in litter on public roadways and sidewalks by 2014. “Litter affects wildlife, public health, and aesthetics, and clean up efforts are also paid for by taxpayers,” said Fotu.

Two public meetings will be held to provide information about the proposed ordinance, implementation timeframe, and product alternatives. In addition, the meetings will serve as a forum for the public to provide feedback about the potential adoption of this ordinance before it is considered by City Council. The feedback will be included in staff reports and discussions to City Council, and may be used to assist with minimizing immediate impacts to businesses or residents.

The meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and from 6:00 to 7:00 pm the same day. Both meetings will be held in the Elm Room at the Arrillaga Recreation Center located at 600 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA. To RSVP or for more information, please call (650) 330-6740 or email

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