Speak Up: What’s the answer concerning polystyrene?


Senate Bill 51 prohibits food establishments from using polystyrene foam containers, which is rarely recycled and “contains the toxic substances styrene and benzene, suspected carcinogens and neurotoxins.” During debate, critics discussed the effect it could have on a New Castle County distributor of the foam and questioned the exceptions found in the bill. Supporters said it is a good first step toward less litter and trash sent to landfills, and that the move “making some of these difficult decisions (will) spur innovation.” What’s a solution that satisfies concerns on both sides of the issue?

  • Just like stores aren’t going to supply bags for customers anymore. People should bring their own Tupperware containers for leftovers and takeouts. — Vincent J. Deskiewicz Sr.
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