Maryland EPS Foam Prohibition Sign On Letter
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Dear Members of the Maryland General Assembly:


Re: Phasing Out Expanded Polystyrene is Possible for Businesses

As the owner or manager of a food service business, I support the phasing out of expanded polystyrene (EPS) food service products. EPS is a common environmental pollutant in Baltimore; Mr. Trash Wheel, a trash-collecting water wheel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, has collected more than 700,000 EPS foam food service products since 2014, the second most numerous form of trash after cigarette butts. EPS foam also breaks down into microplastics that absorb toxins and can have serious health consequences on bay animals such as oysters and crabs.

Currently, Prince George’s County, Takoma Park, Rockville, Montgomery County, and Washington D.C. have successfully phased out EPS foam food service products with a high compliance rate of 88% in D.C., with a negligible economic impact, after just one year of the law being in effect.

Although my business is currently using EPS foam food service containers, I believe that my business is capable of successfully switching away from EPS foam food service containers. If a bill is passed phasing out foam usage, I support such a bill.

Signed,

Estimado Legislador,

RE: Una prohibición de Poliestireno Expandido es posible.

Como el dueño o gerente de un restaurante, aporto la prohibición de productos hecho de poliestireno expandido (EPS) para el servicio de alimentos. EPS es un contaminante medioambiental sumamente común en las comunidades y los ríos de Baltimore. Señor Trash Wheel, un molino de agua que saca basura del puerto de Baltimore, ha sacado más de 700.000 contenedores de EPS desde 2014, el segundo tipo de basura más común detrás de las colillas. Adicionalmente, EPS se deshace en partículas microscópicas de plástico que absorben toxinas y posiblemente dén enfermedades a animales de la bahía de Chesapeake, tal como las ostras y los cangrejos.

En este momento, algunos áreas en Maryland, incluyendo los condados de Montgomery y Prince George’s, Takoma Park, Rockville, y Washington, D.C. han eliminado con éxito los contenedores de EPS de restaurantes. En D.C., 88% de los restaurantes han cumplido con los requisitos del ley después de sólo un año y con impactos económicos insignificantes. Aunque mi restaurante todavía usa contenedores de EPS, creo que mi restaurante puede cambiar a contenedores alternativos. Si un ley que prohíbe el uso de EPS aprobe, y yo aporto ese tipo de ley.

Firmado,

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