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Bill barring plastic foam trays in schools clears Senate

May 9, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut schools and colleges may soon have to find alternatives to plastic foam cafeteria trays.

The Senate voted 29-to-5 on Thursday in favor of a bill that gives school districts and state institutions of higher education until July 1, 2021, to discontinue use of trays made from expanded polystyrene. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for final legislative action.

The bill had originally only applied to secondary schools, but lawmakers agreed to extend it to state colleges and universities as well.

Proponents say the legislation is a step toward reducing the impact of plastic foam trays on the environment. Lawmakers noted they are not recyclable products.

But some senators voiced concern with the increased cost of switching to plastic reusable trays or ones made of recyclable materials.