South Lake Tahoe City Council moves forward with Styrofoam ban, sets pot workshop

Polystyrene, also referred to as Styrofoam, could be banned from use at restaurants and retail stores in the city of South Lake Tahoe. (KRNV/KRXI)

The South Lake Tahoe City Council agreed to move forward with a ban on single-use Styrofoam and to set a public workshop on potential recreational marijuana regulations.

Council members met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and discussed the measures.

The ban on polystyrene, commonly referred to as Styrofoam, would be introduced in a multi-tier approach, starting with a ban on take-out food materials, such as cups, bowls and clamshell containers.

The second tier would be a ban on foam coolers and single-use food containers at retail stores. A later tier would involve banning the use of polystyrene at special events.

City staff was instructed to return in March with a first reading of the proposed rules. There would also be an inclusion of on-request straws and plastic cutlery at restaurants.

The council also voted to hold a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. to hear public feedback on retail cannabis. People will be able to attend the workshop and discuss what should be included in permanent city ordinance.

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