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Blue Water Baltimore advocates for important initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that are critical to protecting our streams and rivers, ensuring public health and safety, and improving the quality of life for all Maryland residents. Join us in speaking out and be an advocate for clean water issues.
Make Maryland the First State to Phase-Out EPS Foam To-Go Packaging!
Expanded Polystyrene Foam packaging is the second most common form of litter in Baltimore and one of the most toxic forms of to-go packaging on the market in Maryland. Remaining one the largest pollutants to enter our local waterways and landfills, exposure to the chemicals in the packaging can lead to increased risk of cancer and continues to be toxic to our marine wildlife.
The Maryland General Assembly will be considering a bill during the 2018 legislative session to eliminate the use of polystyrene to-go packaging statewide. If passed, starting January 2019, food service businesses and institutions will no longer be able to serve food in polystyrene foam packaging (cups, plates, clamshells). The bill also prohibits the retail sale of these products in the state.
Help us build support and send your letter to your representatives today! As we work to ensure our communities are healthy and clean, eliminating foam puts us one step closer to more fishable and swimmable water in Maryland.