As one of its first actions in the new legislative session, the state legislature’s Environment Committee voted Friday to raise a bill to ban Styrofoam cups and takeout containers.
ConnPIRG Students have a long history in the state of advocating for and helping to win policies that reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our state’s incinerators and landfills. This year, their Zero Waste campaign will focus on making Connecticut the fourth state in the nation to ban polystyrene, the form of single-use plastic commonly known as Styrofoam.
ConnPIRG Students’ Visibility Coordinator Rachel Papalski issued the following statement on the committee’s vote:
“Considering the effects that single-use plastics have on our environment for hundreds of years after their use, it is crucial to take steps towards reducing this impact. That’s why we’re glad to see the Environment Committee taking immediate action to move towards a future without unnecessary foam cups and takeout containers.”
“From the state’s bottle bill in the 1970s to the bag ban that passed last year, Connecticut has a history of being a nationwide leading force on reducing plastic pollution. Banning polystyrene foam across the state would be another opportunity to show what it takes to move towards a zero-waste society.”
It is because of the support of members of our community that we are able to move towards enacting this positive change, and for this, ConnPIRG is extremely grateful. It’s time to take proactive steps towards bettering our future and make Connecticut the next state to go foam free.”
-Rachel Papalski ’23