Local News in Brief : City Plastic Use Limited

Mayor Tom Bradley's administration Wednesday ordered four city departments to halt all purchases of products made of polystyrene foam because they cannot be recycled.

In a letter signed by Bradley's chief of staff, Mike Gage, the Los Angeles General Services, Airport, Harbor and Water and Power departments were told that "a coffee cup made of polystyrene foam that is used for only a few minutes will continue to burden the environment for hundreds of years."

Gage also asked City Atty. James Hahn to ask vendors who lease city space to stop using the polystyrene products.

Wednesday's move follows similar moves against the products by Public Works Commissioner Kathleen Brown and City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky.

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