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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has approved HB1902, the bill banning foam foodservice containers. The ban will go into effect July 1, 2023, for certain chain restaurants and July 1, 2025, for all other covered food vendors.
Proponents of the bill say this reclassification is an important step in recognizing the plastic processing technology as economically feasible and important to the local economy, but environmental groups say it would allow companies to sidestep important solid waste regulations.
A separate bill banning expanded polystyrene (EPS) food containers as early as 2023 (HB1902) is also expected to head to the governor’s desk soon. Lawmakers must first iron out the details of an amendment that could exempt some sectors, such as nonprofits, schools and local governments, from the plastic foam ban.