Hawaii suffering from this rarely recycled petroleum-based plastic
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 June, 2016 – Like other single-use plastics, expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) is a major pollutant of our ocean, beaches, and waterways. Right now, the Hawai’i County Council is considering banning EPS (“styrofoam”) to-go foodware containers.
Dozens of community members and nonprofit organizations, like Surfrider Foundation, Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, KÅŸkua Hawaii Foundation, Sierra Club, and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, and scientists support this important bill that would be the first of its kind in Hawai’i.
The Hawaii County Council will be considering and voting on Bill 140, which would prohibit food vendors from using foam food containers after July 2018, on June 3rd and June 15th and we need your support to show that Hawai’i residents are opting to “Hold the Foam” and endorse Bill 140.
Polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic product used in many disposable food containers. It is rarely recycled, frequently littered, and never biodegrades. Because of its lightweight nature, foam containers frequently blow out of trashcans and garbage trucks, and make their way to storm drains, waterways, oceans and our beaches. It is a known lab animal carcinogen and a reasonably anticipated human carcinogen. It’s time to stop using polystyrene, and protect our ocean and health.
Please take action now to send an email to the Hawaii County Council to let them know you support Bill 140 and protecting our beaches and waterways from foam litter.