Virginia bans plastic foam take-out containers

A bipartisan law in Virginia could have ripple effects on the health of our wildlife and wild places for generations to come. 

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

A bipartisan law in Virginia could have ripple effects on the health of our wildlife and wild places for generations to come.  

On March 18, Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law a bill banning polystyrene foam (what most of us call Styrofoam) cups and take-out containers in our state. Polystyrene products are one of the most frequently observed forms of plastic pollution in our oceans, and they're also among the most harmful since they break apart easily but never fully degrade.

“Environment Virginia has talked to tens of thousands of Virginians about plastic pollution and polystyrene and has collected more than 50,000 petitions calling on our leaders to take action on this crucial issue,” said Elly Boehmer, Environment Virginia state director. 

“Virginia’s leaders in the General Assembly and the governor’s office listened this year.”

Read more about the ban. 

Learn more about our Wildlife Over Waste campaign.

Protect our waters and wildlife from waste

Moving beyond plastic foam is something we can do right now, right here. If we win, we’ll see a difference in cleaner beaches and parks, and we’ll know it’s making a difference to the wildlife in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

Let’s choose wildlife over waste. Tell our governor to sign this bill into law.

Photo: Members of our national network gathered to clean up foam and other plastic pollution on beaches in 2019. Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.