Single-Use Plastics Ordinance

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On May 7, 2019 the Town of Westport adopted a new ordinance (Single-Use Plastics Ordinance PDF) prohibiting the sale and distribution by food service businesses of single-use food service containers that are made primarily of plastic, including blown polystyrene and expanded and extruded foams (like StyrofoamTM).

Click below to watch a silent, short video for a quick overview of the new ordinance, long term goals, and alternative materials.

 

The ordinance goes into effect on November 7, 2019 and will be enforced by the Westport Conservation Department. The Conservation Department has determined that polylactic acid (PLA) containers are acceptable. It has also determined that plastic lids will be acceptable for the first year. Below is a chart that explains the acceptable and prohibited items.

To better prepare your business for compliance with the new law we suggest:

  • Using up your existing inventory of single-use plastic food service containers before November 7, 2019. If you are unable to do so, please see the below section regarding time extensions.
  • Going forward, choosing compliant suitable substitutes, Plastic Alternatives Chart available here, to meet the requirements of the new law.
  • Considering a long-term solution of using reusable products that can be cleaned in a dishwasher.

Single-use plastics, whether made of some recyclable or compostable material, or not, pose a threat to Westport’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. By prohibiting these items, Westport seeks to protect the environment and eliminate a major source of waste. We thank you for your support in leading the East Coast in a global change as we become more responsible for our waste and product utilization.

Together, we can save our planet, leading by example.

Prohibited

•All single use food service products containing primarily plastic (including blown polystyrene and expanded and extruded foam), including (but not limited to):

 

Acceptable

•PLA (polylactic acid), Paper, Bamboo, Palm Leaf, Aluminum and other Single Use Food Service Products that are not primarily plastic, including:                                                       

 

•Cups

•Clamshells

•Bowls

•Trays

•Plates

•Containers 

•All non-biodegradable straws (unless needed for a medical or physical condition)

•All non-biodegradable stirrers

 

 

•Cups

•Clamshells

•Bowls

•Trays

•Plates

•Containers

•Plastic Lids (for 1st year)

•Utensils for take-out food orders, but only upon request 

•Biodegradable straws, but only upon request, or if a customer needs a plastic straw for medical or physical condition (maximum of two 200-count boxes can be on the premises) 

•Biodegradable stirrers, but only upon request 

•Single-use plastic/StyrofoamTM containers for prepackaged foods that have been filled and sealed prior to receipt by the food service business 

•All food service products that are designed to be used more than once in its same form

•Aluminum foil, wax paper, and other wraps that are not primarily plastic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Strongly Discouraged

*PFAS (Per- & Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) have been determined to be harmful to human health and the environment and are strongly discouraged.  Please confirm with you supplier that your food service products do not contain PFAS.

 

Request for Time Extension

If you are unable to use your existing inventory of single-use plastic food service containers before November 7, 2019 please contact the Conservation Department at 203-341-1170 to request a time extension.

Time Extension Request Forms are available here.