Maryland is the first state in the US to ban foam takeout containers. The law, which passed in 2019, prohibits restaurants from using polystyrene containers. “Single use plastics are overrunning our oceans and bays and neighborhoods,” chief bill sponsor Democratic Delegate Brooke Lierman told CNN when the bill passed. “We need to take dramatic steps to start stemming our use and reliance on them…to leave future generations with a planet full of wildlife and green space.”

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