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Esteves introduces bill to ban foam packaging

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Outgoing Sen. Fernando Esteves has introduced a bill that would ban the sale and use of foam packaging on Guam.

Esteves, a Republican, is not seeking re-election.

He introduced Bill 379-34, which seeks to ban the sale of polystyrene foam containers and the use of these containers in serving prepared food, according to the bill.

The bill says polystyrene foam containers can take up to 500 years to biodegrade, and banning the sale and use of these containers would prolong the landfill’s stability and delay the need for another landfill cell.

The bill specifically mentions Expanded Polystyrene foam, which is identified by the resin-code number 6.

On Guam and in the U.S., the plastic food packaging material is commonly and incorrectly referred to as "Styrofoam." Styrofoam, however, is not used for food packaging.

According to the bill, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency would fine foam ban violators $500 for the first offense, $1,000 for the second offense and up to $10,000 for any additional violations.

The bill has an implementation date of Jan. 2021.

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