The City of Hollywood is committed to reducing our environmental impact and becoming more sustainable.
One step the City has taken in achieving this goal is to ban the use of nonbiodegradable containers, like plastics and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), for serving food products.
Polystyrene, best known as “styrofoam,” is a non-biodegradable plastic material made from petroleum. It is commonly used in takeout containers, disposable coffee cups, single-use utensils and dinnerware. The material breaks apart easily, and is often found littered throughout waterways and can harm wildlife if ingested.
Polystyrene material can be identified with this symbol marked on the packaging:
If you’ve verified that your business is using these products, you should contact your sales representative or wholesaler to assist you in transitioning to non-polystyrene food packaging before October 1, 2018.
Businesses may use any compostable materials or paper.
Businesses may also access the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), which is an online catalog of key individuals and groups from government, industry and academia, which promotes the use and recycling of biodegradable polymeric materials (via composting).
Businesses found using these products after October 1, 2018 will be issued a Code Violation and could face fines for failing to comply.