How will Fayetteville enforce the new polystyrene ban?


On Tuesday, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to ban polystyrene with Styrofoam being the most well-known brand.

This ban will prohibit the city from buying these products. Vendors on city property also won’t be able to purchase it– including some local food trucks or park concessions. 

Cajun Kitchen on College Avenue will not be affected because it’s on privately owned land.
But Jeremy Tran with the food truck said a way to offset the potential impact is to encourage people to not get carry out orders, completely avoiding styrofoam containers.

“You want to be able to take care of your customers,” Tran said. “You want them to come back knowing they’ll get quality food at a quality price. To be able to do that, you have to keep prices down.”

“Ultimately, we want people to reduce, reuse, and recycle,” said Andrew Miles, chair on the Fayetteville Environment Action Committee. He said this ban is just the beginning.

“We would love to educate people to bring their own reusable to go containers or stainless steel or glass based beverage containers.”

He said he realizes it will take years, but the goal is to eventually ban polystyrene everywhere in the city. 

Fayetteville City Council member Teresa Turk sponsored this ordinance. She said there is no enforcement plan for after the ban goes into effect, but said the ordinance has been widely supported and so it shouldn’t be hard to get businesses to comply.

The ban begins on November 1, 2019.

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