Oregon Bans the Use of Styrofoam Trays in Schools

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On June 4, lawmakers in Salem passed HB 2762 that requires school districts to eliminate use of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) plates, trays, food containers, and food packaging  for any meal unless school district recycles polystyrene foam.

Representative Rob Nosse of Portland introduced the bill and was joined by students from Sunnyside Elementary in presenting evidence to remove Styrofoam from school lunch rooms across the state. Read more about their efforts in the Statesman Journal article, written before the recent passage of the bill.

House Bill 2762 requires school districts to phase out the use of polystyrene plates, trays and other food containers by July 1, 2021.