A quarter of all trash currently found in D.C.’s local rivers is expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, often referred to as Styrofoam. The Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013, introduced by Mayor Gray, prevents D.C. eateries from using EPS foam. Banning EPS foam at the source prevents it from harming our rivers.
The chapter used the hashtag #BanTheFoamDC on Twitter and Facebook to identify EPS foam throughout the city, both in restaurants and trash found on the river. The chapter asked its members and supporters to visit banthefoam.org where they could tweet their councilmember to vote in favor of the bill.
On July 14, 2014, the D.C. City Council unanimously voted to pass a bill that bans D.C. eateries from using EPS foam.
The D.C. chapter worked in coalition with a number of awesome local organizations to help this bill get passed, including the D.C. chapter of the Sierra Club, Trash Free Maryland, D.C. Environmental Network, Institute of Local Self-Reliance, Energy Justice Network, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Watershed Society, Clean Water Action, Anacostia Riverkeeper and Sustainable Community Initiatives.