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Maine Becomes First State In America To Ban Single-Use Styrofoam Containers

Maine became the first U.S. state to ban single-use foam containers this week, a major legislative victory meant to curb the flow of plastic pollution.

The legislation will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021, providing businesses “ample time” to adapt, the governor said. Violators could face up to $100 in fines

Many states have made strides in tackling plastic pollution. Maryland's legislature passed a similar measure earlier this month, although it’s currently on the desk of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has not said yet if he would sign it. Other states, including New York, have set their sights on banning plastic bags, and Hawaii has proposed a sweeping measure that would prohibit most plastic in restaurants.

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