Polystyrene Food Service Products Ban


Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products Ban 7.21

On July 1, 2020, Maryland joined other states in the country to ban Styrofoam in food service businesses, grocery stores and schools. Items made of expanded polystyrene (ex.: cups, plates, bowls, trays, egg cartons, etc.), commonly known as Styrofoam(TM) will be prohibited. This law was enacted by the Maryland General Assembly (Chapter 597, Acts of 2019) to help protect the Chesapeake Bay and other bodies of water from improperly discarded polystyrene products that can last in the environment for a long time and harm our marine life.


Beginning October 1, 2020, the health department will work with MDE on observed violations and any regulatory enforcement that may occur. Should you have questions, contact MDE’s Land and Materials Administration at email john.sullivan1@maryland.gov or phone at 410-537-3314.

All food service businesses and schools should now be using an alternative container that is compostable or recyclable. You can visit the Maryland’s Department of the Environment (MDE) website for more information and a list of alternatives to the expanded polystyrene products.


Frequently Asked Questions about this law (Chapter 597, Acts of 2019)

Notice of Enforcement Delay to October 1, 2020 due to ongoing State of Emergency