Montgomery County, Maryland has banned expanded polystyrene foam in food packaging, for consumer use, and packing peanuts!
Expanded polystyrene foam, known as Styrofoam, makes up a quarter of all trash found in our local rivers. Banning this trash at the source — where it’s distributed to consumers — will help prevent it from reaching our rivers. That means less trash in the rivers we paddle and swim in.
Our friends at Trash Free Maryland summarize the legislation:
- On January 1, 2016, restaurants and carryouts will be banned from using expanded polystyrene foam food packaging (like clamshells, plates and cups). County offices and contractors will also be required to use recyclable or compostable alternatives for all disposable food packaging.
– On January 1, 2017, all disposable food packaging at restaurants and carryouts must also be recyclable or compostable.
The Montgomery County ban also includes sale of foam food packaging for consumer use (like 100-packs of cups you might buy at the grocery store) and foam packing peanuts, effective January 2016.
Thank you to all of the organizations who helped to make this happen, especially Trash Free Maryland for leading the way! A special thanks to Councilmembers Leventhal, Berliner, and Riemer, and all of the MoCo councilmembers for leading the charge to pass this important legislation.
Montgomery County: Not all wildlife is natural.
A quarter of trash collected from our local rivers is expanded polystyrene foam (often known as Styrofoam). Let’s make it zero.
The Montgomery County council has a hearing on Tuesday, October 14, about bill 41-14 to ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam from food service businesses and ban loose EPS foam packaging (you know…packing peanuts). Banning it at the source prevents it from reaching our rivers and waters.
If you live in Montgomery County, we need you to fill out the action alert below to tell your council members to pass this bill and help protect our local rivers and waterways!
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UMD Paint Branch Stream Clean Up
Sunday, Nov 11th: 12pm – 2pm
Acredale Park, 4300 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD (map)
Paint Branch flows through Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. In 1974, Paint Branch was designated as Natural Trout Waters by the state of Maryland, and the stream supports a population of Brown Trout. This cleanup will help protect this fragile habitat, and stop the trash from flowing downstream.
Meet in the Acredale Park parking lot (first lot on the left after you turn onto Metzerott Rd from Route 1).
Dress for cold weather and mud (long pants, sturdy shoes, etc). Cleanup supplies and snacks provided.
UMD Students: Our cleanup site is right next to your campus! Spread the word, bring your friends, and help us stop trash from flowing into the Anacostia River.