Disposable food containers and other products containing styrofoam and polyfluoroalkyl substances are banned for sale and use in Sonoma County, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday.
In line with the Climate Action and Resilience section of the county’s strategic plan, the ordinance will minimize toxic chemicals in county waste and waterways.
The ordinance will go into effect on January 1, 2022, but before that date, the county’s waste management agency, Zero Waste Sonoma, will work to provide support to businesses that may need to purchase new containers from take away environmentally friendly. Outreach and community engagement efforts will also be launched with chamber of commerce meetings, newsletters and implementation plans for those affected by the policy.
“It’s high time to get non-compostable, non-recyclable single-use polystyrene products out of our waste stream in Sonoma County,” Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins said in a statement. “While this ordinance benefits all residents of Sonoma County, we also understand that some businesses and individuals can be significantly affected. That is why we are awaiting a strong education campaign in partnership with stakeholders to ensure that information and resources are widely shared, especially with the most needy residents. â