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Polystyrene Food Packaging Ban

Expanded polystyrene (#6-PS) food service products, such as foam containers, bowls, plates, trays, cartons, cups, egg cartons, etc. and polystyrene loose fill packaging (i.e. packing peanuts) are not recyclable in Montgomery County, Maryland. Bill 41-14 enacted by the Montgomery County Council, effectively bans the use and sale of this material in the County. The ban does not apply to the local Municipalities in Montgomery County.

Please click on the link below for specific details regarding the ban, including effective dates, who must comply, list of vendors offering recyclable or compostable alternatives, and other important information.

Online users who have additional questions and would like to be contacted by a departmental staff member or would like to report a business not in compliance with the law, may submit a request by clicking on the "Create Service Request" button below. Please complete all of the fields in the "Contact Information" section and provide a brief description of the request in the "Brief Description" field.

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