Environmental & Health Information
Prohibited because polystyrene foam contains hazardous substances and suspected cancer-causing chemicals.
Info on this product category: Foodware
Why Go Green
Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) contains hazardous substances and suspected carcinogens, and has to go in the landfill. So use compostable or recyclable foodware.
In San Francisco, put:
- Plastic that says "compostable" and paper products that touched food (even if they have a thin plastic lining) in green compost bins.
- "Biodegradable" plastics in trash unless it says “compostable” with a logo from Biodegradable Products Institute, Din Certco AIB Vinçotte Inter, Japan Bioplastics Association or Australian Environmental Labeling Association.
Plastic and metal foodware in blue recycling bins.
Plastic food wrap in recycling locations at RecycleWhere.
Criteria for Foodware
Reusable foodware is preferred. If not possible, foodware must be recyclable or compostable.
"Plant-based" foodware must be labelled "compostable" and certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute or equivalent certifier against ASTM D6400.