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House votes to bar single-use polystyrene food containers

May 21, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut restaurants and caterers would no longer be able to provide customers with single-use expanded polystyrene food containers under legislation that has cleared the House of Representatives.

The proposed ban, which passed Tuesday on a 121-23 vote, would take effect July 1, 2021. It now awaits Senate action.

Proponents say the legislation is needed to discourage the use of the containers and reduce litter, noting expanded polystyrene containers can take 200 years to break down in a landfill. Some noted that many restaurants, such as Dunkin’ Donuts, have already begun to swap out these products with greener options.

The bill was narrowed to caterers and restaurants in permanent buildings following some concern it was too broad. There are exceptions for pre-packaged food, raw meat and seafood.

Violators would face fines.

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