Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable or Polystyrene Food Service Containers

Last updated: May 31, 2015

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Christine Burstein, House 96
Session: 127
Bill #: LD 468



UPDATE 5/31/15: The bill was voted down in both the House and Senate. It is dead.

UPDATE 4/12/15: The committee voted 7-1 Ought Not to Pass. The bill will likely die.


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, 2016, 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.