Polystyrene products used for food storage can be harmful to humans and the environment.
"Polystyrene contains the toxic substances Styrene and Benzene, suspected carcinogens and neurotoxins that are hazardous to humans." Read more about the dangers of drinking hot beverages from polystyrene cups and microwaving food in polystyrene containers in this article.
Some supermarkets now allow customers to take clean containers to the butchery, seafood and deli departments.
Ask for your takeaway food to be wrapped in paper.
Take your reusable cup.
At present polystyrene is not recyclable locally. (A solution is being sought to the polystyrene recycling problem.)
Please keep from landfill wherever possible. Polystyrene can take thousands of years to biodegrade.