Maryland could be the first U.S. state to ban plastic foam, food containers made from polystyrene. Lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature have passed already bills banning this type of packaging.
Foam plastic, which is used to make a popular type of food container used by operators all over the world, is one of the least eco-friendly materials. Since it lacks durability, it often breaks into many pieces and ends up in waterways and streets.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the effort to stand up for our waterways, stand up for our neighborhoods, stand up for the world our kids will inherit,” said Del. Brooke Lierman, the sponsor of the House of Delegates version to "The Sun."
However, the two chambers have to come to an agreement on a bill and then it has to be approved of Republican Gov. Larry Hoga. If he does sign off on the bill, the ban would be put in effect July 1, 2020.
Establishments that violate the law could be fined up to $250.
Not everyone is in support of the bill though. Many argue that it imposes an additional financial burden on restaurant business owners who already have low-profit margins.
"Not only will costs go up for restaurants and be passed onto consumers, but because comparable products weigh more and many cannot be recycled, costs will increase due to higher tipping fees (based on weight) at landfills," said Cailey Locklair Tolle, president of the Maryland Retailers Association to "CNN."
Learn more about Maryland's pending ban on plastic foam containers in this recent episode of The Barron Report above.