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City Council Expected to Pass EPS Ban

After nearly two years of discussion, the City Council is expected to ban some city restaurants from providing expanded polystyrene takeout containers. (Photo by D’Arcy Norman, via Flickr)

After months of outreach trying to get restaurants used to the idea, the city’s moving ahead with its ban on Styrofoam-style take-out containers, a uniquely problematic type of litter because of the way expanded polystyrene (EPS) breaks apart and infiltrates the region’s waterways. On Tuesday, the City Council will discuss the controversial ban slated to go into effect Jan. 1. Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include a jobs development program with Work2Future and a service agreement with the San Jose Downtown Association.