Maine Becomes 1st U.S. State to Ban Styrofoam

May 2, 2019

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Businesses in Maine will officially be banned from using Styrofoam food containers after governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law Tuesday. Effective January 1, 2021, Maine restaurants, caterers, coffee shops, and grocery stores will be prohibited from using the to-go foam containers (also known as polystyrene) because they cannot be recycled in the state. CNN notes that the move makes Maine the first state to enact a Styrofoam ban such a step as debate about banning plastic bags or other disposable products is spreading across the nation. The Maine law will also ban plastic beverage stirrers; those who violate the new rules could face fines of up to $100 a pop.