Minneapolis approves ban on Styrofoam cups, containers

MINNEAPOLIS – Fast food giants did away with Styrofoam containers decades ago, and now everything from food trucks, to coffee shops in Minneapolis will have to follow suit.

The change comes after a unanimous vote by the Minneapolis City Council on Friday.

Despite the interests of the companies that make the products, the ordinance passed.

"We did have, for instance, lobbyists fly in from out of state representing the chemical industry, chemical manufacturers and they were interested in getting us to walk back," said council member Andrew Johnson.

From cups to soup containers to to-go boxes, everything in the city must go. The only walking back was to an ordinance the city created more than 30 years ago, already banning Styrofoam containers in the city.

That ordinance wasn't really enforced, but the new, updated one will be with a few allowances.

If a business cannot abide by the ordinance because of costs it would incur, the business has to prove it to the city. Minneapolis will consider those situations on a case by case basis.

Additionally, what's commonly referred to as the No. 6 coffee lid can still be used. Also, any paper cup that is lined with styrene is OK because for now the city could not find a reasonable cost effective alternative.

The new ordinance goes into effect next year.

"We have extended that date out from Jan. 1 to Apr. 22, basically Earth Day," Johnson said.

One food truck owner told KARE 11 they are already looking into switching to paper cartons.


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