Connecticut

Single-Use Plastics are Moving Out of Stamford!

Active | May 09 2019

Plastic Pollution

The Connecticut Chapter is working with our Northeast Regional Manager and the Stamford Board of Representatives to pass a local ban on single-use polystyrene food containers and loose fill packaging.

The Stamford Board of Representatives is deliberating a new ordinance that would ban certain single-use polystyrene containers, city-wide

The chapter and our Northeast Regional and Plastic Pollution Managers, along with our legal staff, reviewed the pending ordinance and offered feedback on the language and policy mechanisms. We recommended not only banning "Styrofoam" like containers, but also rigid forms of polystyrene, including utensils.

On September 17, 2019, our Northeast Regional Manager and Chapter Chair attended a Legislative and Rules committee meeting, where our Regional Manager provided expert witness to the Committee regarding polystyrene.

The ordinance was then discussed again in Committee on February 18, 2020, and is on hold as State bill S.99 advances, which would preempt local legislation of similar nature if passed. Should the State bill not advance as expected, then Stamford is likely to advance its local ordinance to hearing for April 21, 2020.

For more information and to engage directly in this campaign, please reach out to Stamford resident and CT Chapter Chair, Jack Egan

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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