Montgomery County Council bans foam polystyrene!

YAC with MoCo Council PS hearing

On January 20th, 2015, the Montgomery County (MD) County Council voted unanimously to restrict use of foam polystyrene at foodservice businesses!  Click here to see the full law along with all the testimony, including ours. (Photo above shows club members and parent club co-leaders Brenda and Nadine with Council Council members Nancy Floreen, Roger Berliner, and Hans Riemer at the County hearing on the bill, October 2014.)

Restaurants, supermarkets, food trucks, institutional cafeterias (including those operated by County departments so schools are included!), and other places that serve food are covered by the new law, which was introduced by County Council Hans Riemer and co-sponsored by George Levanthal and Marc Elrich.

The prohibition on the use and sale of expanded polystyrene foodservice products takes effect January 1, 2016.  County facilities, agencies, departments, and contractors are required to use compostable or recyclable products also on January 1, 2016, although they’re allowed to use up existing supplies until January 1, 2017.  Businesses are not required to use recyclable or compostable products until January 1, 2017.

For Washington Post article, click here.

For Gazette article, click here.

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