Arkansas' legislature is taking a different approach to polystyrene foam litter problems. Instead of banning the material, like some communities in California, it's looking at recycling it. This report from the Arkansas News Bureau indicates that a House committee passed a PS recycling bill 11-3 yesterday. Now it goes to the full house, so it's still several steps away from becoming law. The story doesn't mention any plastics industry reaction to the bill, but it does note that some waste industry representives oppose the measure. Supporters include the state Department of Environmental Quality and the Sierra Club of Arkansas. If food-service product suppliers in California had a chance to support a bill like this, instead of facing the bans they do now, I think they'd jump at the opportunity. It will be interesting to see how suppliers in Arkansas react.
Recycling instead of banning
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