Food containers made of Styrofoam, or polystyrene, have been banned from Maine businesses after governor Janet Mills signed a bill last week. The law will go into effect January 1, 2021, and will make the use of Styrofoam containers used for takeout illegal since they cannot be recycled.
Maine is the first state to ban these harmful food containers; the law will also apply to plastic beverage stirrers.
States like New York and California have prohibited single-use plastic bags; however, other states like Tennessee and Florida have taken the opposite stance. These states have made it illegal for local municipalities to impose restrictions on plastic and Styrofoam. Hopefully, every state in the nation will eventually be on board with banning materials such as these that ultimately harm the environment.
Maryland has also approved bills to ban Styrofoam, but we do not yet know whether Republican Gov. Larry Hogan will sign them into law. Democratic Delegate Brooke Lierman, the primary sponsor of the Maryland House bill, said that banning foam products demonstrates a step in the right direction when it comes to getting rid of single-use plastics.