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For foam-free state, pass law now

Connecticut has the opportunity to be a national sustainability leader this legislative session. Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) accounts for 30% of landfill waste. An item that is used for mere minutes then pollutes the environment for hundreds of years. I have been involved in green initiatives since I was 13 years old. Protecting the environment has always been a priority of mine. It must be a priority for Connecticut elected officials.

It is time for Connecticut to ban the use of foam cups and take-out containers, otherwise we worsen the problem of waste in this country. Maine and Maryland already have effective state bans in place. Last year, Christen Cohen, Environment Committee co-chair introduced the bill. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the session was cut short; this is why it is essential a bill is introduced and passed this session.

Connecticut must continue to be a leader in environmental issues. Banning polystyrene is essential in the interest of public health, the climate, and conservation of natural resources.

Corinne Bolding

Hartford

 

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