A law that was enacted during Maryland’s 2019 Legislative Session (Chapter 579) bans the use of food service products composed of expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to under the trademark name of Styrofoam.
EPS food service products of any variety (cups, plates, bowls, trays, egg cartons, etc.) left in any food service inventory should be used by July 1, 2020, when the law goes into effect. On or after July 1, 2020:
- A person may not sell or offer for sale in the state an EPS food service product; and a food service business or school may not sell or provide food or beverages in an EPS foodservice product.
While the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is tasked by the legislature to conduct outreach about the ban, the county departments of health or environmental protection will oversee the enforcement of the law and have the authority to assess fines for noncompliance.
MDE realizes that finding a product that fulfills a company’s needs is important to the satisfaction of its customers and the success of the business. They hope the information they offer here will help meet Maryland businesses’ needs even as we hope limiting the use of expanded polystyrene products in our state will help improve the health of Marylanders and our environment.
Please help spread the word about the EPS ban in your newsletters, social media and forward this email to anyone you think would be interested. For more information on the new law banning EPS products in Maryland, please visit the General Assembly’s website