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City of San Diego puts enforcement of Styrofoam ban on hold

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Posted at 6:04 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 09:19:16-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Enforcement of San Diego's Styrofoam ban is on hold for the time being.

10News' Lindsey Pena reported the California Restaurant Association, three San Diego restaurants and other groups are suing the city over the ban, which was passed in October 2018.

The city law forces businesses to stop using Styrofoam in favor of sustainable products made from paper or other environmentally friendly materials.

Many small businesses around the city expressed concern over the ban’s effects, particularly the cost of using non-Styrofoam products.

The lawsuit argues that a proper study on the environmental impact of the ban was not conducted.

The city’s decision to freeze the ban and complete an environmental impact study could set the stage for legal challenges in other California cities and counties were similar bans have been put into place.

It could take up to a year for the city to complete an environmental study.