On May 1, 2019, news provider EcoWatch published an article reporting on Maine becoming the first U.S. state to ban the sale or distribution of single-use containers made in whole or in part of polystyrene (CAS 9003-53-6). The ban, set to come into force on January 1, 2021, would apply to containers sold or distributed in grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, food trucks, and other similar businesses.

Bans of polystyrene, also known under the trademark Styrofoam, have already been implemented in Seattle, Washington, Berkeley, California, and New York City (FPF reported). Currently, similar regulations to ban the material are being discussed in other U.S. states including Vermont, Colorado, Oregon, and New Jersey.


Maine Legislature (April 2019). “An act to prohibit the use of certain disposable food service containers.”

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Olivia Rosane (May 1, 2019). “Maine first U.S. state to ban styrofoam containers.” EcoWatch

CBS News (May 1, 2019). “States declare war on Styrofoam — “People think it breaks down.”

Steve Toloken (May 2, 2019). “Maine enacts first statewide EPS food packaging ban.”

Rina Li (May 24, 2019). “Scrap Collector: Vermont passes nation’s ‘toughest’ plastics bill yet.”

Katie Pyzyk (May 28, 2019). “Maryland passes statewide EPS foam ban bill.”