by Lillian Roberts
The State of Maine has become the first in the United States to ban styrofoam. This being because styrofoam is not recyclable and takes too long to break down. It is also bad to burn it because it releases deadly toxins that can damage your lungs and your nervous system. Styrofoam also absorbs toxins more than other plastics and damages animals that mistake it for food.
Small businesses are no longer going to be able to use styrofoam cups, containers, and trays. Violators of this law can face up to $100 in fines. "Maine has proven itself an environmental leader once again, this time in eliminating disposable foam containers that have become a common, costly, and deadly form of plastic pollution," said Sarah Lakeman