The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill to ban the use of polystyrene AKA styrofoam containers.
HB109 will become law when governor Larry Hogan signs it. The ban will go into effect on July 1, 2020.
It may feel like a small step to take this one form of really insidious plastic styrofoam and start with that just here in the state of Maryland, but it is a big step because [we] will be the first state to ban a major form of plastic in America. ~ Delegate Brooke Lierman
Styrofoam is not recyclable, can break apart easily, and has been linked to cancer risk. It can be seen poisoning wildlife and polluting even the farthest reaches of our planet (see the trash island in the Pacific Ocean).
The bill allows for a one year grace period where restaurants and stores can phase out and replace their stock of styrofoam containers with more environmentally friendly options.