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Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:45 am, Wed Sep 21, 2011.

An Assembly bill that has been pushing to ban Styrofoam production in California has been placed in the Assembly's "inactive" file until at least January 2012.

According to Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, the bill does not have enough votes in the Assembly to be passed, and that if Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, the author of the bill, brought it up for a vote, the bill would most likely fail to pass.

The bill states that California restaurants, grocery stores and other vendors would not be allowed to use Styrofoam containers starting in 2016, though school districts, city and county jurisdictions are exempt if they put in place recycling programs that repurpose at least 60 percent of their Styrofoam waste.

And while the bill will not be discussed until 2012, Huber added that companies such as Lodi's Dart Containers cannot celebrate just yet.

"Given that people who are currently against the bill could change their minds in the future makes me believe that I don't want to say that the fight over until the bill is dead," she said.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:42 am on Wed, Sep 21, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1881

    They have also had 20+ years to come up with a less environmentally damaging product than toxin filled Styrofoam.

    As for their recycling program, how much do they produce vs how much is recycled through them? if only 2% of what they produce is recycled then that is a pretty bad program. If it is closer to 50% then it is accomplishing something.

  • Sunny Samuels posted at 8:40 am on Wed, Sep 21, 2011.

    Sunny Samuels Posts: 55

    Whats her problem with DART? They have a recycling program?



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