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Maryland Styrofoam ban goes into effect

October 2nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

As of Thursday, serving food in foam containers in Maryland is illegal. The new law bans restaurants, schools, and other food service businesses from using polystyrene or Styrofoam containers and cups. This makes Maryland the first state in the United States to issue a state ban. While members of the Western Maryland delegation opposed the measure- there was broad support overall. Delegate Brooke Lierman told WBAL that "Maryland is sending the message that plastic is the pollution."   When it comes to enforcing the law, Lierman said it will be the responsibility of local health inspectors to monitor compliance. At a time when the restaurant industry is suffering from COVID-19 restrictions- critics of the Styrofoam ban say this is just another burden. Lierman said she believes most businesses are supportive pointing to long term savings that will result…