‘Styrofoam’ ban advances

Clockwise from left: Rolinda Haynes, Ocean Beamer, Max Cabuliza, Cherokee Beamer, Higi Vaoga and Waylijah Vaoga eat their lunch from polystyrene take out containers at Kona Commons in this 2016 file photo. (Laura Shimabuku/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Polystyrene foam food containers will remain banned under a bill advanced Monday by a County Council panel, but locally nonrecyclable alternatives will be allowed when the law goes into effect July 1.