Washington DC has decided to go Foam Free!
Effective January 1, 2016, it is illegal for businesses and organizations that serve food to use food service products made of expanded polystyrene, commonly known as foam or StyrofoamTM.
The law applies to any food service products designed for one-time use. These include take-out containers, bowls, plates, trays, cups, and other items.
The law does not apply to:
- Food or beverages filled and sealed in foam containers before an entity receives them (e.g., foam cartons of eggs packaged outside of the District)
- Materials used to package raw, uncooked, or butchered meat, fish, poultry, or seafood
- Foam food service products purchased for home use
For more information visit the Department of Energy & Environments website.
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