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Small restaurant owners oppose ban on styrofoam food containers

first_img Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A proposal to ban styrofoam products in the City of San Diego is heading for a final vote next month.On Thursday, restaurant owners who oppose the measure held a news conference in Logan Heights to explain how a ban would hurt them. Restaurant owners like Javier Rodriguez said if the city enacts a ban on polystyrene or styrofoam containers, the cost of switching to a more expensive paper product will have to passed on to customers.Rodriguez and other small restaurant owners said they don’t have the budgets of bigger corporate run restaurants and paying more for the alternative containers would mean making cuts in other areas.“If we get more expenses, we have to cut the labor, we have to cut the hours. It’s not fair for them or for us, too,” Rodriguez said.A study commissioned by the California Restaurant Association looked at the cost of food containers sold in the Los Angeles area. The study found that a 9 inch hinged container made of styrofoam would cost about 10 cents, yet a compostable paper product of the same kind would be around 24 cents, amounting to a 145% increase.There’s a different view of the proposed ban at Ponce’s, a family owned Mexican restaurant in Kensington and now in a second location in Del Sur.The director of operations, Mikey Knab said Ponce’s switched to compostable paper containers about a year and a half ago.Knab said the price difference was a nickel or less and the restaurant did not have to raise its food prices. He said the restaurant was willing to bear the extra cost so that future generations would not be stuck with the cost of an unhealthy planet.“By allowing that plastic into the food system, you’re making everyone else in the world pay that cost, rather than people who are choosing it. So, yes, we could choose not to patronize restaurants that use styrofoam, but that wouldn’t let us choose the fish that come out of the ocean to have that.” Knab said.The proposed ordinance would give small businesses with less than $500,000 in annual sales, a two year period to comply. The city would also allow business owners to ask for a “hardship” exemption to extend that deadline even further.Larger businesses would have to start following the ordinance in 90 days. The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on the styrofoam ban on January 8. Posted: December 20, 2018 December 20, 2018 Sasha Foo Small restaurant owners oppose ban on styrofoam food containers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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