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That To-Go Box Has Environmental, Health and Economic Risks, Says Coastkeeper

An expert panel discussion will shed light on the impacts of Styrofoam™ in food packaging.

Editor's Note: The following news release is from San Diego Coastkeeper.

On May 31, San Diego Coastkeeper invites residents to learn from experts about human and environmental risks associated with Stryofoam™ food containers at its Signs of the Tide: Dig the Food, Not The Foam event.

At Coastkeeper’s Signs of the Tide, four experts will talk about the negative impacts of the plastic foam (also known as Styrofoam™), how to make the transition to the alternatives and tips from local restaurants who have already made the switch. The speakers include:

  • Alicia Glassco, Coastkeeper’s former education and marine debris manger, will speak about the plastic foam’s impact on the environment and the policies and legal issues that concern its use.
  • Donna Chralowicz, a recycling specialist at City of San Diego Environmental Services Department, will talk about the city’s decision to stop allowing plastic foam food containers at city-sponsored special events.
  • Distributor of to-go food containers will speak about the cost-effectiveness of using alternatives to plastic foam and what options exist.
  • Michael Zouroudis, Raglan Public House general manager, will share his own insights about why and how he transitioned from plastic foam food containers at their restaurant.

This free event will take place on Thursday, May 31 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at NTC Liberty Station at 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 200. The organization will provide light food and refreshments for participants’ enjoyment.  
To find out more about our Signs of the Tide series or to suggest a topic, please email San Diego Coastkeeper at info@sdcoastkeeper.org.

againstthegrain May 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
When buying takeaway food that I'm going to consume at home (like rotisserie chicken) I've tried bring my own clean and reusable container from home to eliminate the need for disposable packaging, but apparently that's against health regulations.

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