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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 13, 2023 11:15 AM
From: Representative Tim Briggs
To: All House members
Subject: Single Use Plastic: Polystyrene
 
While driving along a highway, have you ever noticed food and beverage containers, such as Styrofoam, littering the side of the road? 
 
When left outside in the sun, wind and rain, these containers typically disintegrate into microscopic particles which eventually migrate to our waterways, poisoning aquatic wildlife that mistake the small particles for food. 
 
My legislation would prohibit food establishments from using these products as temporary packaging for prepared foods.  It would not prohibit the use of polystyrene for retail food products such as meat trays or egg cartons because it is not intended to eliminate functionally necessary packaging materials, but those that are used simply for convenience.
 
This prohibition is intended to reduce the amount of this harmful material, while encouraging the use of alternatives, such as paper or fiber containers that are more naturally biodegradable. 
 
Please join me in making the choice to protect our environment from plastic pollution.
Previous Cosponsors  of HB 783 from the 2020-2021 Legislative Session:
ISAACSON, SANCHEZ, SCHLOSSBERG, McNEILL, FREEMAN, HOWARD, MADDEN, A. DAVIS, HOHENSTEIN, HILL-EVANS, DEASY, MERSKI, WEBSTER, SCHWEYER, LEE, D. WILLIAMS, WARREN, KINKEAD AND FRANKEL,
 

 



Introduced as HB470