Senate passes Das bill to promote recycling and reduce expanded polystyrene

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2021 Senate passes Das bill to promote recycling and reduce expanded polystyrene The Senate today approved legislation to require increased recycled content in plastic beverage containers, trash bags and bottles for household products; ban expanded polystyrene food ware, recreational coolers and packing peanuts; and require that utensils, straws, cup lids and condiments only be provided to customers on request. SB 5022, sponsored by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), builds on a bill Das championed in 2020 that banned thin plastic carry-out bags and required that thicker plastic bags consist of 40% post-consumer recycled content. “Plastic and expanded polystyrene have become huge problems,” said Das, “not only for the damage that plastic and foam waste does to our beautiful ...

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