Seattle's ban on #6 polystyrene trays (commonly known as Styrofoam) at restaurants and grocery stores went into effect on July 1. As a result there have been a number of changes to packaging in the city. One of the most obvious - grocery stores were forced to come up with packaging alternatives to the commonly used Styrofoam meat tray.
Made by Illinois-based Pactiv, the tan trays can be used for meat, fish
and poultry and then tossed into the compost pile along with other food
waste, the radio station reported.
Pactiv also makes Hefty products. The company launched its EarthChoice brand of nearly 80 sustainable packaging products including cups, hinged-lid containers, plates, and straws in May.
The area's Cedargrove composting facilities can break down the corn resin into soil in six months, KPLU reported.
The city told KPLU the move will prevent six thousand tons of plastic and plastic-tainted waste from being sent to landfills in Oregon every year.
As more and more cities create restrictions on the use of polystyrene we'll continue to see further development in packaging alternatives. We've reported heavily on the use of new fresh meat pouch style packaging that has appeared at stores like Whole Foods. The pouch packaging also eliminates the need for the polystyrene tray.
Other companies like Murray's Chicken are using similar packaging.