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

Re: Business Support of Phasing Out Expanded Polystyrene

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.

My business already uses alternatives to EPS to package and serve food. We made the decision because of the multiple threats EPS poses and because it was financially feasible for us to accomplish. Consumers over time prefer EPS alternatives like compostable or recyclable containers. I would be happy to share more information about our ordering process, including where we purchase our food service packaging products and how much we currently pay per container.

On behalf of my business, I support an expanded polystyrene phase-out.

Signed,

Estimado Legislador,

RE: Aporte de Restaurantes para una Prohibición de Poliestireno Expandido

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 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.

Mi restaurante ya usa contenedores alternativos (no hecho de EPS) para el empaquetar y servir comida. Hacíamos la decisión porque reconocíamos los efectos que EPS propone a nuestra ciudad y porque era financieramente posible. En adición, los clientes prefieren estos contenedores alternativos como productos hecho de papel o plástico reciclable. Puedo compartir más información sobre nuestros productos alternativos, incluyendo el vendedor y el precio.

De parte de mi restaurante, aporto una prohibición de poliestireno expandido.

Firmado,

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