SB 568 Sample Letter of Support



The Honorable Alan Lowenthal
California State Capitol
State Capitol, Room 2032
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re:  SB 568, Phase-out Polystyrene Take-Out Food Containers ---- Support

Dear Senator Lowenthal:

[Insert restuarant name] supports SB 568 (Lowenthal) as a way to reduce litter caused by polystyrene foam (Styrofoam™) take-out food containers on California’s streets and in its waterways.  Our restaurant is already using alternatives to foam containers that work well.

[CUSTOMIZE with additional thoughts about the alternatives and why you don’t use foam]

Studies by several California municipalities and the Department of Transportation (Cal Trans) find that polystyrene comprises 15% of street and storm drain litter. This type of litter breaks apart into small pieces that are blown around easily by wind- it is therefore the most difficult type of litter to clean up. Litter – especially foam litter -- is also bad for business as it is an eyesore and easily blows off sidewalks, streets, or out of garbage cans. That is why many restaurants and food establishments in our community choose not to use polystyrene foam containers. The transition away from foam was accomplished by many of our members without much difficulty or additional expense and many businesses report that their customers were pleased by the switch away from foam containers. 

If a state-wide ban were implemented, it would create a level playing field for restaurants. They would not be competing with food establishments in neighboring cities that do not have to comply with a ban on polystyrene food service containers.

Restaurants like ours are concerned with both the environmental and economic impacts of foam food ware.  We want to prevent litter and reduce taxpayer spending to control it. Our members also want to protect the health of their customers by avoiding exposure to Styrene -- a possible human carcinogen and a known lab animal carcinogen – from foam containers.

We support SB 568 as a “win-win” measure that is good for the environment and good for business.  We are proud to be at the forefront of this beneficial change and thank you for authoring this bill to stop foam plastic pollution across the State.