Get the Foam Out of Maryland!

Blue Water Baltimore is working to phase out the use of expanded polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam) from food packaging in Maryland. We need your help!

Unlike other forms of trash, Styrofoam is impossible to fully clean up once it is thrown away.  It is a petroleum-based product that does not biodegrade. Instead, it crumbles and breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces each time it is touched or disturbed. Whether blown out of trash cans or intentionally littered, foam to-go food packaging makes its way into our storm drains and ultimately our waterways. Once in the water it will absorb 10 times more pesticides, fertilizers and chemicals than other kinds of plastic, increasing toxin exposure to fish and other aquatic animals, and potentially making its way into the food chain.

Safer and more environmentally sustainable alternatives are available. It’s time to get foam out of Maryland once and for all. Write to your elected representatives today to ask them to protect us from polystyrene both in Maryland by supporting HB 538 and SB 651.

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