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Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect This Year

This year marks the start of a complete ban on the use of styrofoam products in Montgomery County.

photo of polystyrene food containersTake-out containers, bowls, cups,  plates, trays, egg cartons and any other products made of styrofoam are banned for use within the county from January 1, 2016. Signed into law in January of last year, the ban prohibits the distribution and sale of styrofoam food service products. It also requires that food establishments begin using compostable or recyclable packaging by January 1, 2017. The ban also applies to supermarkets, coffee shops, vending trucks and other retailers.

Washington, D.C. also has a similar ban that went into effect on January 1st.

To read more on the styrofoam ban you can visit the link here.

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Willie James Inman

About Willie James Inman

Willie James Inman is a Community Engagement Specialist and Multimedia Journalist at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach him on Twitter @imwilljames.


2 Responses to “Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect This Year”

  1. On January 4, 2016 at 9:57 pm responded with... #

    What should we do with styrofoam containers, like cups and egg cartons that we planned to re-use?

    • Willie James Inman
      On January 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm responded with... #

      Hi Earl, you can put any styrofoam products in your regular trash. Here’s the guidance from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.

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