The Next Front in the War on Plastic

The Next Front in the War on Plastic

Before this year, no state had passed a law to ban the use of polystyrene take-out containers. Now, lawmakers in Maryland and Maine are arguing over which of their laws is really the country’s “first,” and officials in other states are considering joining them. Maine’s law to block local retailers from using polystyrene, or styrofoam, containers was the first signed...
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The Complicated Landscape of Plastic Bans in United States

The Complicated Landscape of Plastic Bans in United States

A battle over plastic—a material so prolific the UN calls the 90 percent of it that ends up as trash a pollution crisis—is under way in Florida.  Coral Gables, a small city of 51,000 people just south of Miami, wants to ban polystyrene from restaurants and grocery stores. The Florida Retail Federation does not, and an appeals court ruling delivered yesterday says they can keep the...
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