Apr 1, 2024 - News

Roseville could join list of metro cities requiring eco-friendly takeout containers

Two brown-skinned hands close a cream-colored takeout container of food

Roseville may join other Minnesota cities that require takeout containers to be 'recyclable, compostable, or reusable.' Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

In the coming months, Roseville will explore joining other metro cities in banning styrofoam takeout containers and requiring more environmentally friendly options instead.

Why it matters: Takeout containers are a huge driver of waste worldwide. They make up most of the plastics polluting the world's oceans and fill landfills with materials that take centuries to break down.

Yes, but: Eco-friendly options tend to cost more, a potential financial strain on small businesses.

How it works: If enacted, Roseville's draft ordinance would require all takeout wrappers and containers β€” including cups and lids β€” to be "recyclable, compostable, or reusable."

  • All single-use utensils would need to be composable.
  • Restaurants could only provide a straw when a customer asks for one, or in a dispenser.
  • The ordinance would apply to restaurants, gas stations, food trucks, grocery stores, and schools β€” but not to hospitals, nursing homes, or caterers.

The big picture: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, and St. Louis Park have similar ordinances.

  • Minneapolis' ordinance has technically been on the books since 1989 but wasn't enforced until after a 2015 update.
  • St. Paul's is newer, but when it passed in 2021, the Pioneer Press reported city council members were optimistic that some businesses were already beginning to switch to the new materials.

What's next: City officials are planning public engagement sessions on May 6 and June 24.

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