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Maine Governor Signs Bill To Ban Foam Containers

Mark Lennihan
AP Photo
A girl has a doughnut and a beverage, served in a foam cup, at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

Maine has become the first state to ban the use of most polystyrene containers, commonly known as Styrofoam, under legislation Gov. Janet Mills Tuesday.

Lisa Pohlman, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, says other states might follow Maine’s lead.

"I think this will be one of those situations where states pass this bill first, pass laws first, and eventually the country follows," Pohlman says.

The ban becomes effective Jan. 1, 2021 and will end use of more than 256 million pieces of disposable foam cups, plates, bowls, platters, and trays now discarded every year in Maine.

The measure does allow the use of Styrofoam containers by hospitals and meals on wheels programs.