Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
Public Outreach for Businesses: State EPS Ban
The 2019 Maryland General Assembly passed legislation – House Bill 109 (HB 109 or Chapter 579) – prohibiting businesses and institutions from selling or providing certain EPS products in the state, effective July 1, 2020. To assist with outreach to businesses, the EAC is preparing a public outreach brochure for businesses. The brochure will provide information to help businesses understand how to comply with the new law and to whom it applies.
Report: Reduction of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Use in Carroll County
In October 2017, Commissioner Dennis Frazier expressed interest in considering options to reduce the usage of single-use expanded polystyrene (EPS) food service ware and loose fill packaging products in Carroll County. At the joint meeting of the Board of County Commissioners and the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) on February 8, 2018, the Board concurred with requesting the EAC to research single-use EPS food service ware and loose-fill packaging products and options available to Carroll County to reduce its usage. The EAC researched and identified potential options, their pros and cons, and other considerations, and prepared a report of its findings for the Board. The research included presentations (below) from various experts to help inform the EAC.
- Report: Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Reduction in Carroll County: Single-Use Food Service Ware and Loose Fill Packaging Products (w Appendix) September 19, 2018