Maine Styrofoam Ban starting 2021
|May 2, 2019||Filled under News||
Arlington, VA May 2, 2019
Why is everyone talking about Styrofoam?
I planned to visit Maine this summer and I am delighted to know I am less likely to see a styrofoam cup in the sand. Maine became the first state to ban Styrofoam, and many other states are poised to do the same.
Loose in the environment there is nothing more difficult to control or recover. Though it can be recycled, industry has left cash strapped communities, some with no recycling program at all, to deal with the hazardous material alone. It is worth repeating again that Styrofoam can be recycled, unlike many other plastics, but in our enthusiasm with single stream recycling (everything not trash goes in the blue bin) some items like Styrofoam and glass, do not end up commodities, they end up like chewing gum in the system and polluting the supply chain. If there is no secondary market for items, recycling does not happen, it all becomes garbage.
So as I receive a barrage of emails informing me of the wonderful news in Maine, I can’t help but wonder, am I the only one who gets it? I made a movie so that others can get it too. StyrofoamMom explains it all, and surprise, it is not as simple as banning food service Styrofoam. Today like everyday Styrofoam is inappropriately purchased and discarded. Right now, on land and sea animals are eating it and that plastic is potentially making its way back up the food chain to people.
There is a solution to our world waste problem. We need to start looking at the system and seeing resources rather than waste. Glass, plastics, metal and cardboard waste could be cut in half with an organized supply chain and an educated public. To suggest the problem is too complicated for the public to understand is ridiculous. My email and voicemail is full of people wanting answers. Any business knows how hard it is to get the phone to ring, well mine is off the hook.
Now is the time to enlist, employ, enroll, and most importantly enlighten your community on the challenges and opportunities created by Styrofoam. Otherwise big news like Maine’s ban on Styrofoam may be just a whole lot of air. 97% air give or take.
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