06 Jun '12, 8pm

Portland, Maine School District Bans Styrofoam Trays

Portland, Maine School District Bans Styrofoam Trays

Three loud cheers for the Portland, Maine school district. Hip, hip... After saving $50,000 by reducing waste through recycling programs, Portland schools superintendent James Morse has announced that area schools will no longer be using single use styrofoam trays in district cafeterias, and will be transitioning to reusable trays instead. (More at Bangor Daily News .) Currently Portland schools use 450,000 styrofoam trays each year, all of which are simply trashed. I hope I need not have to remind regular TreeHugger readers that styrofoam is forever , essentially. It doesn't biodegrade, only breaks down into smaller and smaller bits. It's a vile substance that frankly has no place anywhere that calls itself civilized, even partly aware of the impact of that place's effect on polluting the environment and sustainable use of resources. To paraphrase Woody Allen, if one of t...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/portland-m...

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