b'COMPOSTABLES |ENVIRONMENTCLEAN SWEEP New Law Requiring Compostable FoodServiceware Products Reduces Waste andProtects the EnvironmentS tarting January 1, 2021, aApproximately 8.8 million tonsOnly nine percent of the plastic new law goes into effectof plastic pollution flows into theproduced to date has been recycled, restricting the use ofworlds ocean each year, and thisand annual recycling rates in the U.S. single-use plastic foodamount is expected to double byhave stagnated at this rate for the last serviceware in Burien.2025. Non-compostable food servicedecade. The costs associated with the This law was passed toproducts dont readily biodegrade.use and disposal of non-compostable reduce the growing amount of single- Instead, they break down into smallerfood service products create a burden use plastic waste that ends up in ourparticles that seep into the soil oron our solid waste disposal system. landfills and in our environment.are carried into our creeks and intoSingle-use plastics that end up as litter Puget Sound, posing a critical threatclog up stormwater drains maintained to animal life.by the City of Burien.Here are five things you need to know about the new law. 1.This law applies to businesses, such as restaurants, grocery stores, home delivery, street carts, and coffee shops, and the food serviceware products they offer their customers. It does not require residents to purchase compostable products for personal use. 2.Compostable products must be made from materials that can completely break down. See burienwa.gov/compostables for details on materials that are allowed.3.The types of products it restricts include: Styrofoam takeout containers, plastic-lined takeout containers, plastic to go cups, plastic utensils, and any other food service product that is not compostable.ARE YOU A BURIEN 4.Products that are exempt from this law include: pre-packaged foods, BUSINESS AND NEED HELP catering trays, produce bags, clear food wrap and shrink wrap, containers for uniquely shaped foods such as deviled eggs and cupcakes, hot meat GETTING READY FOR item containers, and straws.THE NEW LAW?5.Businesses can ask for a one-year waiver for a specific food service product if the business can prove that stopping use of a restricted The City of Burien has a team product would cause an undue hardship.of people ready to help businesses get ready for whenEspaol p. 27 / Ting Vit p. 33the new law goes into effect on January 1, 2021.All Points YarnOPEN The City will be hosting anTUE - SATinformation session and 10 - 5 Yarns, Needles & Hooks, Patterns & Books,SUN - MON other education opportunities Buttons, Classes & Demos, and MoreCLOSED in 2020.Your Neighboring Des Moines Yarn StoreCONTACTcommunications@burienwa.govto get on a list to be notifiedof these events. 21921 Marine View Drive South Des Moines (206) 824-9276www.allpointsyarn.com SPRING 2020| 17'