The Maryland Senate has advanced a bill that would ban the use of the foam products by restaurants and grocery stores to a final vote Monday.
The Democratic-controlled chamber acted Thursday after accepting an amendment that would delay implementation of the ban for six months. The amended bill would ban businesses that sell food from using “expanded polystyrene food service products” — sometimes referred to as Styrofoam — starting July 1, 2020, instead of January.
County governments would be responsible for enforcing the ban and could impose fines of up to $250 per violation, after first giving a written warning. The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Cheryl Kagan, a Montgomery County Democrat.
A similar bill is pending in the House of Delegates.