U nder the Non-Biodegradable Waste Control Act of August 2018, the import of Styrofoam has been banned since September 1st.
This is very good news. It is a toxic substance, which probably NEVER completely breaks down, made of petrochemicals, which you would definitely not want to eat. Yet you ARE eating them, because tiny fragments end up in the ocean, thence in fish, thus on our plates. Quite apart from this, a little of the toxic substances ‘bleeds’ into food in Styrofoam containers. If burned, Styrofoam releases cancer-causing dioxins. We are much better off without it. Yes, the alternatives cost a little more at present, but the price will come down once they are more widely used. And is not the slightly higher cost a price worth paying for our health’s sake?
But what did we see at the port last week? This truck, laden with Styrofoam food containers, almost three months after its import was banned. Why was it allowed into the country? According to one customs officer, it was ‘biodegradable’ Styrofoam. As far as we are aware, there is no such substance. We would be very interested to hear from whoever imported it (and will presumably supply it to vendors to sell food in during the Christmas period) so that we can learn of its ‘biodegradable’ properties.
We salute the government for banning this dangerous substance, and we salute several retailers who have recently been advertising the availability of alternatives. Meanwhile, for the sake of your health and that of the country, we urge you to refuse food served in Styrofoam containers. If you have read this and understood it, then to accept food in Styrofoam is knowingly to harm yourselves and others.
G3 wishes you a non-toxic Christmas and New Year