Alberta Town Moves To Ban Styrofoam

Posted on Wednesday, April 23 at 06:42 by N Say

Alberta town moves to ban Styrofoam

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | 11:42 AM ET

Coffee in foam cups may soon be out of fashion in an Alberta town after Turner Valley town council voted Monday to ban Styrofoam.

Turner Valley, located roughly 60 kilometres south of Calgary, will be the first municipality in Canada to ban the petroleum-based product.

Garry Pollock, the councillor championing the ban, said Monday night's decision was historic.

"We're excited because oil and gas is first recognized to be discovered here in Turner Valley," he said. "It's nice to be on board on Earth Day to be the first in Alberta and in Canada to look at the prohibition of Styrofoam."

The council unanimously agreed to ban local food establishments from using disposable foam cups and plates and local shippers from using Styrofoam "popcorn" to keep their items safe in the mail.

The council first wants a report within six months detailing how to implement and enforce a ban. It will then decide what steps to take.

Pollock told radio station CHQR that the plan would likely be developed before the council's next meeting on May 13, with enforcement done partially through monitoring how much foam is being sent to the landfill.

Bans on plastic foam products already exist in several places in the U.S., including California and Portland.

Councillors said the move is important for the environment, as the foam cannot be recycled and sits for centuries in landfills. When it does break down, the substances can get into the water table...

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