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Not generally. See a comparison guide for pricing examples on EPS and alternative products available on www.webstaurantstore.com. The cheapest alternative products can be cheaper than EPS, around the same price, or up to around four cents more expensive per unit. Based on staff research, the increase in cost is roughly $0.01 per unit.
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The ban will go into effect July 1, 2021
Food & Beverage Providers that receive a Financial Hardship or Practical Difficulty Exemption will remain exempt from the regulation until July 1, 2022
Food & Beverage Providers- any person located within the City that provides prepared food or beverages for public consumption including, but not limited to, any store, supermarket, delicatessen, restaurant, shop, caterer, or mobile food vendor.
Examples for alternatives can be found our EPS Ban Guide
Prohibits any food or beverage vendor from distributing expanded polystyrene. This includes, but is not limited to:
Prohibits any retailer from selling or otherwise providing any expanded polystyrene product which is not wholly encapsulated. For instance, coolers made only from expanded polystyrene are banned but plastic coolers that have expanded polystyrene sealed within the plastic container are allowed.
Examples include, but are not limited to: