Ban the Foam, Prince George's County!

Plastic foam containers from our Nash Run trash trap
Plastic foam containers collected at our trash trap in Nash Run, a stream of the Anacostia River.

We have another legislative opportunity to reduce pollutants in the entire Anacotia Watershed! Earlier this week, just in time for Earth Day, the Prince George's County Council unanimously passed a ban on coal tar pavement sealants which contain dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals. Next, on April 28, they will hear testimony and vote on a bill to ban the use and sale of plastic foam food service containers and loose fill packaging material. The other two jurisdictions in the watershed, the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, have their own bans. See our earlier blog post about these bills.

Call or email Prince George's Council members to let them know you support the ban on plastic foam (CB-5) without amendments!

*indicates those that voted for the ban in committee last month (thank them for their support).

Feeling ambitious? There are several other ways you can help:

  • Testify at the hearing on April 28 at 1:30 pm. Please let us know if you plan to do so. Location: County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Add your organization's name to the fifteen groups already signed on in support of our testimony to be presented Tuesday. Contact
  • If outdoors this weekend, at our Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration Saturday or anywhere, take pictures of the foam you pick up and tweet or Instagram it using #BanTheFoamPGC and #AWSEarthDay. Or include a photo in your email to council members. We'll also share the photos with the council members.
  • Get your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues to join the effort and generally help spread the word. Click here for a flyer.

Let's get this trash out of our neighborhoods, streets, and waterways! Join us and others such as Alice Ferguson Foundation, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club - Prince George's Group, and Trash Free Maryland Alliance to help complete the trifecta for the watershed! Together we can make this river swimmable and fishable by 2025.

See who else is banning plastic foam across the U.S.



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