The Barrington Town Council has adopted Ordinance No. 2019-20 requiring the use of non-polystyrene food service and packaging products that are reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
WHY BAN POLYSTYRENE? To improve the environment in Barrington and the health, safety, and welfare of its residents. Polystyrene is not easily recycled and when littered or discarded, creates undesirable impacts on water quality, storm water, and wildlife. There are alternatives that are reusable, recyclable or compostable which are already on the market and readily available.
Who Is Affected?
All polystyrene food and beverage containers, cups, bowls, cartons, plates, trays, coolers, ice chests, lids, straws, stirrers, forks, knives, spoons and other single use items. These items are usually labeled with a recycling code Expanded Polystyrene (EP). Businesses should contact your supplier or distributor about alternatives to polystyrene.
When to Comply
- Effective no later than July 1, 2019 for all retail establishments.
- Effective no later than January 1, 2020 for all others.
Enforcement and Violations
Written notice issued by Town with 14 days to correct:
- 1st offense: No fine
- 2nd offense: $150 fine
- 3rd offense: $300 fine
Failure to comply within 14 days subject to additional fines