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This State Is First to Ban Styrofoam

Maine ban takes effect in 2021

(Newser) - Maine has brought in the country's first statewide ban on a kind of plastic that has an especially pernicious effect on the environment. Gov. Janet Mills has signed a law that bans single-use containers of expanded polystyrene foam, better known as Styrofoam, CNN reports. When the law takes effect...

Tiny Animal May Solve a Big Pollution Problem

The humble mealworm can live on styrofoam

(Newser) - A bunch of tiny worms may have just solved a problem that's plagued scientists and environmentalists for years: what to do with the 30 million tons of plastics that end up in US landfills annually. Researchers at Stanford University and China's Beihang University fed Styrofoam—long assumed to...

NYC Bans Styrofoam Cups, Containers

Businesses have 6 months to find alternatives

(Newser) - Diners, delis, and food carts in the country's biggest city have six months to find a greener alternative to the Styrofoam cups and takeout containers many of them use. New York has become the latest US city to ban foam containers, and the ban will take effect July 1,...

Target of Bloomberg's Next Crusade: Styrofoam

NYC mayor's office considering banning containers made of it

(Newser) - The healthification of New Yorkers continues, whether they want it or not. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has forced restaurants to post calorie counts, increased smoking bans , and taken away jumbo sodas . Now he's aiming to eliminate Styrofoam containers. Yes, the Bloomberg administration is thinking about a ban on all Styrofoam...

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