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Record #: O2019-5376   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/24/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Environmental Protection and Energy
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Prohibition on single-use Styrofoam containers from street carts and restaurants (submitted by students of Ray Elementary School)
Sponsors: Misc. Transmittal, Martin, Matthew J. , Hadden, Maria E. , Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Burnett, Jr., Walter, La Spata, Daniel
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. O2019-5376.pdf
Related files: R2023-766
June 25, 2019

Dear City Clerk Valencia,

Please introduce the attached ordinance on our behalf at the July 24,2019 meeting of the City Council and refer such matter to the Committee on Environmental Protection and Energy for consideration regarding the prohibition of single-use Styrofoam containers from street carts and restaurants in Chicago.

Ordinances prohibiting single-use Styrofoam containers have been enacted recently in major cities across the country, including New York, San Francisco, Miami, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, DC. (See attached Seattle ordinance number 122751.)
The advocates of this environmental ordinance include dozens of middle school science students at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimball, Chicago. The students are citizens and residents of the City of Chicago who have done extensive research on alternatives to Styrofoam takeout containers at restaurants (see attached list of student advocates of the proposed ordinance).

Two copies of the attached ordinance are attached hereto.

If you have any questions regarding our citizen introduction of this proposed environmental ordinance to ban single-use Styrofoam containers from street carts and restaurants in Chicago, please contact our assistant, Pat Quinn, 1852 N. Nashville Ave., Chicago, IL 60707 (email:

Thank you for your prompt consideration.

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Section 1. Prohibition on use of expanded polystyrene food service products
Effective July 1.2020, food service businesses shall be prohibited from selling or providing food, for consumption on or off the premises, in expanded polystyrene food service products, except as otherwise provided under subsection B.
Prepackaged soups and other foods that food service businesses sell or otherwise provided to their customers in expanded polystyrene containers that have been filled and sealed prior to receipt by the food servi...

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