Tell him why you want him to support thus bill, including your own experience with foam food container litter and marine pollution! Attach a photo, if you’ve got one!
Help ban expanded polystyrene foam food containers in Anne Arundel County and their harmful impact on marine life by contacting the County Council (and your Annapolis Alderman) TODAY! Bills have been introduced in the Annapolis City Council and the Anne Arundel County Council to ban the provision and sale of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food containers (also known as Styrofoam), but passage is not assured. The opposition is lobbying heavily. We need your help!
Why EPS foam food containers should be banned
• EPS litter is especially harmful to the marine environment. Foam food containers are 10-40% of roadside litter by volume. In Anne Arundel County, with more than 500 miles of shoreline, wind and runoff can quickly transport EPS litter into the Chesapeake Bay, where it breaks into little beads that absorb toxins and float to the ocean. Marine life mistakes the toxic beads for food. It’s virtually impossible to clean up this type of marine pollution.
• EPS food containers are not recycled or compostable. EPS waste is part of the ¼ -1/3 of landfill waste by weight that can’t be diverted, and it is high-volume. It is not accepted by the Annapolis or Anne Arundel County curbside recycling programs. The EPS industry provides a single drop-off for recycling of foam packaging blocks in Anne Arundel County (Crofton), but foam food containers are not accepted because they are usually contaminated with food.
• Compostable and recyclable alternative containers are already in wide use. Before enacting foam bans in Prince George’s County and Baltimore, fewer than 5% of restaurants were using foam food containers exclusively. Almost all were already using affordable alternatives (in a mix or exclusively). Foam food containers are not manufactured in Maryland, so no jobs will be lost. Moreover, passing this ban will increase the demand for alternatives manufactured by the Dart Container Corporation on the Eastern Shore!
• Bans on EPS food containers are working in Maryland’s most populous counties Compliance with similar bans in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties is high – about 90% so far. There have been no significant adverse impacts on businesses and none has been fined. The main reason for non-compliance is lack of information. A successful program must have a strong education effort before and after a ban goes into effect. Earlier this year, the City of Baltimore approved a similar ban, effective in 2019.
• Ask your County Council member to support Bill 49-18, introduced by Councilmen Trumbauer, Grasso, and Pruski. A public hearing will be held on Monday, June 18, in the Council Chambers, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis MD 21401. Contact your Council member below before the hearing and attend if you can!
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Together we can get these bills passed to help the Bay and prevent the most harmful ocean plastic pollution!