Maine passes the U.S.’s first state ban on foam food packaging

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The state joins several U.S. cities and counties in restricting the containers in an effort to reduce waste.

This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society.

Maine has joined a growing list of states, cities, and counties, including 14 towns in Maine, to ban foam food containers in an effort to reduce plastic waste.

The bill bans bowls, plates, cups, trays, cartons, and other containers designed to hold prepared food and beverages. Signed by Governor Janet Mills Tuesday, it takes effect January 1, 2021.

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