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SB 285 - Prohibits Use of Foam Containers - Maryland Key Vote

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Title: Prohibits Use of Foam Containers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits the use of containers made from polystyrene.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits an individual from selling or offering for sale in the state an expanded polystyrene food service products on or after July 1, 2019 (Sec. 9-2202).

  • Prohibits a food service business or school from selling or providing food in an expanded polystyrene food service product on or after July 1, 2019 (Sec. 9-2202).

  • Authorizes a county to impose a penalty on an individual or food service business that violates this act a penalty of no more than $250 (Sec. 9-2206).

  • Defines “expanded polystyrene” as blown polystyrene and expanded and extruded foams that are thermoplastic petrochemical materials utilizing a styrene monomer and processed by a number of techniques, including fusion of expandable bead polystyrene, injection molding, foam molding, and extrusion-blow molding  (Sec. 9-2201).

  • Defines “expanded polystyrene food service product” as a product made of expanded polystyrene that is used for selling or providing food, and includes the following products (Sec. 9-2201):

    • Food containers;

    • Plates;

    • Hot and cold beverage cups;

    • Meat and vegetable trays; and

    • Egg cartons.

  • Specifies that “expanded polystyrene food service product” does not include (Sec. 9-2201):

    • Prepackaged soup or other food that a food service business sells or otherwise provides to its customers in expanded polystyrene containers that have been packaged before receipt by the food service business;

    • Food or beverages that have been packaged in expanded polystyrene containers outside the state before before receipt by the food service business;

    • Materials used to package raw, uncooked, or butchered meat, fish, poultry, or seafood for off-premises consumption; or

    • Nonfoam polystyrene food service products.

  • Defines “food service business” as a business that sells or provides food for consumption on or off the premises in the state, and will include (Sec. 9-2201):

    • Restaurants, fast food style restaurants and cafes;

    • Delicatessens;

    • Coffee shops, supermarkets and grocery stores;

    • Vending trucks and carts;

    • Movie theaters and dinner theaters; and

    • Business and institutional cafeterias, including those operated by or on behalf of the state.

See How Your Politicians Voted

Title: Prohibits Use of Foam Containers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits the use of containers made from polystyrene.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits an individual from selling or offering for sale in the state an expanded polystyrene food service products on or after July 1, 2019 (Sec. 9-2202).

  • Prohibits a food service business or school from selling or providing food in an expanded polystyrene food service product on or after July 1, 2019 (Sec. 9-2202).

  • Authorizes a county to impose a penalty on an individual or food service business that violates this act a penalty of no more than $250 (Sec. 9-2206).

  • Defines “expanded polystyrene” as blown polystyrene and expanded and extruded foams that are thermoplastic petrochemical materials utilizing a styrene monomer and processed by a number of techniques, including fusion of expandable bead polystyrene, injection molding, foam molding, and extrusion-blow molding  (Sec. 9-2201).

  • Defines “expanded polystyrene food service product” as a product made of expanded polystyrene that is used for selling or providing food, and includes the following products (Sec. 9-2201):

    • Food containers;

    • Plates;

    • Hot and cold beverage cups;

    • Meat and vegetable trays; and

    • Egg cartons.

  • Specifies that “expanded polystyrene food service product” does not include (Sec. 9-2201):

    • Prepackaged soup or other food that a food service business sells or otherwise provides to its customers in expanded polystyrene containers that have been packaged before receipt by the food service business;

    • Food or beverages that have been packaged in expanded polystyrene containers outside the state before before receipt by the food service business;

    • Materials used to package raw, uncooked, or butchered meat, fish, poultry, or seafood for off-premises consumption; or

    • Nonfoam polystyrene food service products.

  • Defines “food service business” as a business that sells or provides food for consumption on or off the premises in the state, and will include (Sec. 9-2201):

    • Restaurants, fast food style restaurants and cafes;

    • Delicatessens;

    • Coffee shops, supermarkets and grocery stores;

    • Vending trucks and carts;

    • Movie theaters and dinner theaters; and

    • Business and institutional cafeterias, including those operated by or on behalf of the state.

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