Maine becomes first state in the US to ban polystyrene cups and containers | GBRI

Styrofoam cups

In an important step towards tackling the ever increasing problem of plastic waste, Maine became the first state in the US to impose a ban on disposable cups and containers made from polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam.

Under the bill, that will go into effect by 2021, restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and other such places would all be required to ditch Styrofoam containers for greener alternatives. The ban, however, would not cover hospitals, seafood shippers or vendors of pre-packaged meat.

“Maine has proven itself an environmental leader once again, this time in eliminating disposable foam containers that have become a common, costly, and deadly form of plastic pollution,” Sustainable Maine Director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) Sarah Lakeman told the Portland Press Herald.

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