Ban Foam Food Containers in Maryland
DTMG has joined with our friends at the Sierra Club to support Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products – Prohibition (HB109/SB285), a bill that would ban disposable single-use food containers made from expanded polystyrene (EPS), aka styrofoam, beginning in 2020. Plastic pollution is overwhelming our oceans and EPS food containers are a major contributor. It is nearly indestructible and not recyclable. To make it worse, EPS litter breaks into tiny pieces, absorbs toxic chemicals, and is mistaken for food by marine life, injuring and killing fish, seabirds, and marine mammals.
In addition to asking your own delegates or senator to support this bill, you can contact the Montgomery County members on the responsible committees to express your strong support for the bill. You can also contact the bill sponsors to express your support.
House: Bill sponsor: Del. Lierman; Committee: Environment and Transportation. In the
Senate: Bill sponsor, Sen. Kagan; Committee: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Use our email/contact template here
Points to make:
- At the current rate, within 30 years there will likely be more plastic than fish in the Earth’s seas.
- EPS is nearly indestructible and not recyclable. It breaks into tiny pieces, absorbs toxic chemicals, and is eaten by marine life, injuring and killing them.
- Several counties and cities in Maryland, including Montgomery, have banned EPS food containers. The ban should be made statewide.