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Portland Expands Food Truck Zones, Bans Foam

Portland, Maine, June 16, 2014 - The Portland City Council today approved an amendment to the Portland City Code to allow food trucks to set up and sell their goods in Compass Park. The amendment passed by a vote of 8-0.

Compass Park is located in the Eastern Waterfront Port Zone at the Maine State Pier. This change will bring the zoning in line with other city parks in the city of Portland. Food trucks and pushcarts have been allowed to operate in city parks since 2012.

Street vendors (which includes food trucks and pushcarts) must still be licensed by the City Clerk's office, participate in the City's RFP process (competitive bid), and then be awarded the ability to operate in Compass Park.

The City Council, during the same meeting, also voted 6-3 to ban the use of polystyrene foam containers at food service establishments. The ordinance also prohibits the sale of polystyrene food service products. The ordinance will not apply to wholesale seafood operations.

The Council felt that eliminating the use polystyrene foam is in line with Portland's efforts to protect local waterways, including Casco Bay, by reducing the amount of polystyrene litter throughout the city. Prohibiting foam packaging will lead to more widespread use of recyclable packaging.

For more information on either of the above, visit City of Portland's website.

See related: Foam Food Ware . . . Time to 86?

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