Seattle bans all non-compostable and non-recyclable food packaging and service ware starting July 1, 2010
The City of Seattle, in a two-phase endeavor, is mandating all food service businesses to replace single-use products with compostable or recyclable alternatives. In phase one, which took effect January 1, 2009, an expanded polystyrene (EPS) or “Styrofoam” ban was put into place to filter out the unwanted disposable products. Phase two, which begins July 1, 2010 is a complete ban on all disposables. Disposables are food service ware and packaging items that are thrown into a garbage can for a landfill or incinerator since they lack any cyclical recovery option. Food service businesses are being educated to use only those compostable products that have been approved by their local composting facility, Cedar Grove Composting, to ensure proper breakdown of the products and accurate claims of biodegradability.