Edmonds bans single-use plastics

Feb 01, 2019

In addition to plastic straws, utensils, and stir sticks, the Edmonds City Council has moved to ban all non-compostable food service containers from being offered by any Edmonds businesses.

The ordinance, approved this month, will prohibit businesses from offering any single-use plastic items such as plates, bowls, cups, take-out containers, and several other common plastic food containers.

The ordinance will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

A separate companion ordinance specifically prohibits plastic straws, utensils and stir sticks, and share the same effective date.

Only certified compostable alternatives will be acceptable, unless a business chooses to also offer durable, reusable items as part of their food service.

The City reports that there are a variety of accepted compostable versions to choose from.

Affected businesses are encouraged to visit https://cedar-grove.com/compostable/accepted-items to view all the alternative food service products listings.

The City recognizes that many businesses have already embraced alternatives to single-use plastic items, but many will need to switch to the alternatives.

For more information, email Steve Fisher at recycleguy@edmondswa.gov.


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