Senate votes to ban foam to-go containers, packing peanuts

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

The Oregon Senate passed Senate Bill 543 by a 20-9 vote to ban restaurants from using polystyrene foam in their food to-go containers and also for stores from selling packaging peanuts.

Oregon joins eight other states in outlawing the use of polystyrene foam.

Senate Bill 543 is explained as such, “Prohibits a food vendor from using polystyrene foam container in selling, offering for sale, serving, or dispensing prepared food to consumer. Prohibits person from selling, offering for sale, or distributing polystyrene foam containers, polystyrene foam packaging peanuts, or foodware containers containing intentionally added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances in or into this state. Establishes civil penalty not to exceed $100 per day for food vendor that violates prohibition of providing prohibited containers and $500 per day for person selling, offering, or distributing prohibited containers in or into the state. Prohibitions become operative January 1, 2025.”

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