Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers

Last updated: Mar 11, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Stanley Zeigler, House 96
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 103



The intent of this bill has been amended on to LD 57, the plastic bag bill.


The purpose of this bill is to protect the environment and wildlife of the State and to reduce the increasing costs of litter collection and solid waste disposal by prohibiting the sale or distribution of disposable polystyrene food service containers, which constitute a sizable portion of nondegradable litter and solid waste in the State and which fragment into smaller, nondegradable pieces that may harm marine life and other wildlife through ingestion.

Beginning January 1, 2018, this bill prohibits the sale or distribution, at retail or wholesale, in the State of disposable food service containers composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam, as well as disposable food service containers that are not recyclable or compostable unless there is no recyclable or compostable product available at a comparable cost. This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules to implement these statutory provisions.