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Foam Takeout Containers Banned in Maine

May 1, 2019, 12:41 PM

Maine is the first state in the nation to ban foam food containers under a bill Gov. Janet Mills signed into law April 30.

Environmental groups lobbied for the ban on the grounds that foam polystyrene cups and takeout containers are the most commonly littered items in Maine and the nation and they break down into tiny plastic beads that release toxins that persist in the food supply.

“Polystyrene cannot be recycled like a lot of other products, so while that cup of coffee may be finished, the Styrofoam cup it was in is not,” Mills said April ...

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