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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: July 6, 2018 02:49 PM
From: Senator Daylin Leach
To: All Senate members
Subject: Polystyrene Food Containers
Soon I will introduce legislation to prohibit food establishments from dispensing prepared food to customers in polystyrene food service containers. This legislation will be identical to a proposal introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Tim Briggs.

According to the environmental organization No More Styrofoam, roughly 50 billion pounds of expanded polystyrene foam (more commonly known as styrofoam) is deposited in landfills annually. By volume, styrofoam is made up of roughly 98 percent air and, in most cases, is not cost-effective to store or ship since a mass quantity of the material requires a large amount of storage space.

Unfortunately, discarded styrofoam leads to the pollution of local waterways and the world’s oceans, and its particles are responsible for causing widespread poisoning and killing of birds, marine life, and microorganisms. In addition, as a material that is resistant to the sun’s rays, it may take up to one million years for styrofoam to naturally decompose.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

If you have questions about this legislation, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Introduced as SB1233