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Oregon has taken a significant step towards environmental conservation by approving measures to ban polystyrene foam containers and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food containers. The newly passed law, known as Senate Bill 543 , will go into effect on January 1, 2025.
The legislation encompasses various aspects related to polystyrene foam, including prepared food containers, packaging peanuts, and PFAS in foodware containers. Food vendors will be prohibited from using single-use polystyrene foam containers for selling or serving prepared food to consumers. Additionally, the sale, distribution, or offering for sale of polystyrene foam containers and packaging peanuts will also be prohibited.
The law defines PFAS as fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom. However, certain exceptions are made for coolers and other reusable polystyrene containers with solid shells, as well as trays or containers used solely for storing or transporting non-prepared food items.
The ban aims to reduce the use of environmentally harmful materials and promote more sustainable alternatives.
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