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Styrofoam ban goes into effect in San Diego

New York City Poised To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers
Posted at 5:16 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 20:23:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The second phase of the San Diego's styrofoam ban went into effect Friday. Local restaurants are ditching styrofoam for environmentally friendly products.

Customers will see more sustainable items made from paper and aluminum. The transition to more sustainable produces also comes with a price.

"It's a little more expensive but we understand why we have to do it," said Maggie Rojas from Giorgino's Cheesesteaks in Golden Hill. "Little by little we started the transition, so we didn't wait until the last minute to do it."

"We all care about the environment so we want to help out," said Rojas. "It’s a big problem."

There are some exceptions to the rules. Grocery stores will be able to use styrofoam trays for packaging raw meat, fish and poultry through 2021.

Businesses who made less than $500,000 last year will have until February 2020 to adhere to the new rules.

For a full list of the items that are banned, click here.