Council set to approve ’12 budget, discuss ban on city use of polystyrene containers


More than a year after they had first considered a ban on Styrofoam take-out food containers, Edmonds City Councilmembers Tuesday night are scheduled to revisit the issue, with modifications.

Unlike the original proposal, which called for an outright ban on Styrofoam container use by food service businesses, the proposed resolution up for discussion does not prohibit such containers. Instead, it requires food service businesses “to dispose of food waste and compostable or recyclable carryout food packaging in recycle or compost bins,” if such disposal “is feasible.” In addition, the proposal calls for prohibiting the City of Edmonds — and any tenants in City buildings — from purchasing or providing food in noncompostable packaging.

Also on the Council agenda for Tuesday night:

– Presentation of Resolution in recognition of outgoing Mayor Mike Cooper. (A reception honoring Cooper will be from 6:30-7 p.m., prior to the Council meeting.)
– Annual Reports from the Prosecutor and Public Defender.
– Consideration of a resolution against coal trains.
– A resolution appointing City Council President Strom Peterson to replace Cooper as the City’s representative to the Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee.
– Consideration of a request to support an I-5 alternative as the preliminary preferred alternative in Sound Transit’s North Corridor Transit Environmental Impact Statement.
– Adoption of the 2012 city budget.
– Update on the city’s adjusted Strategic Plan time line.

You can see the complete council agenda here. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250-5th Ave. N.



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