is poised to become the first state to
ban the foam!
You wouldn’t use something if you knew that it was a carcinogen, would you? You might be, every day. Popularly known as Styrofoam™, polystyrene foam take-out containers leach a carcinogen (styrene) into food and beverages when heated. California is on the verge of passing the first statewide ban on polystyrene in the nation.
Clean Water Action is fighting foam in California. Our 2011 litter study found that 68% of trash on urban streets comes from take-out food packaging. Foam containers are light-weight and blow away before street sweepers and litter pickers can get to them. Foam breaks apart into small pieces and flows through storm drains to waterways, ending up as the most pervasive form of beach litter in California.