Citywide Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Ordinance

Styrofoam ban symbol: red line drawn through image of Styrofoam containers and cups

On November 5, 2019, Fayetteville City Council passed an ordinance banning the use of single-use expanded polystyrene foam (commonly known by the brand name StyrofoamTM) plates, bowls, cups, clamshells, cups, and similar products by any establishment providing prepared, ready-to-eat food or drink.  View the ordinance here

Who is affected?

Any restaurant, hotel, cafeteria, convenience store, caterer, grocery store deli or food bar, coffee, tea or donut shop, or other prepared, ready-to-eat food or drink provider.

When does the ban take effect?

To allow current users of EPS foam products to use up their current inventory and make the switch to alternative products. The ordinance was originally scheduled for a May 1, 2020 implementation date. However, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation date has now been postponed to July 1, 2020.  

Which products are banned and what is not banned?

Polystyrene recycle symbol: PS #6The ordinance bans all polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) food containers typically used for service or take-out of prepared foods. They are usually labeled with a "PS" or #6 recycling symbol. 

The ban does not apply to polystyrene packing materials, or to containers used to package unprepared foods in grocery stores, such as egg cartons or meat trays. 

Are there penalties for non-compliance with the new law?

Yes. Just as with other City Code violations, non-compliance can result in fees of up to $250 per day. 

What should vendors affected by the ban do next?

Vendors should begin by contacting their current suppliers to ask if they carry any alternatives to the  polystyrene containers you are currently using. In addition, there are a number of green product suppliers  offering a host of recyclable or compostable products. View a list of these suppliers.