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Next week, foam containers for carryout food will be banned throughout Maryland

September 26th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

A state law that goes into effect Oct. 1 prohibits restaurants, schools and other food service outlets from using polystyrene containers, more commonly and erroneously known as Styrofoam. In April 2019, the legislature passed a bill that banned foam products, making Maryland the first state in the country to go foam-free. Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore City) and Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan (D-Montgomery) sponsored the foam ban bill together. It took Lierman and Kagan three attempts to pass the bill — and one of the concessions made to skeptics was to put off implementation of the legislation until this year.