Oak Park restaurants may soon have to find an alternative to Styrofoam carryout containers. In a Nov. 18 meeting, the board received a recommendation from the Energy and Environment Commission to adopt an ordinance prohibiting single-use plastics, including polystyrene foam, from all eating establishments. The board will further review and discuss the potential ban in an as-yet-unscheduled special meeting.

Trustee Simone Boutet called for restaurant outreach. “I’d like to see outreach to the restaurant community at the special meeting,” she said. 

Trustee Arti Peddakotla-Walker added that the commission could assist in communicating the news to restaurants. “I think the Energy and Environment Commission can help facilitate that because I know they do a lot of outreach, so I agree with Simone, but I think that can be done through the commission,” she said. 

According to Village Clerk Vicki Scaman, the special meeting will most likely take place in January.

Stacey Sheridan

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