In just a few days, plate lunches can no longer be served in foam containers on Maui

In just a few days, plate lunches can no longer be served in foam containers on Maui
Styrofoam containers will soon be a thing of the past in Maui County. (Hawaii News Now/file)

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui’s law banning foam takeout containers goes into effect at the end of the year.

The county law bans polystyrene foam food containers, which popular local plate lunches are typically served in.

Starting Dec. 31, businesses won’t be allowed to sell foam food service containers, including hinged clamshell containers, plates, bowls and cups.

Supporters say the measure will reduce pollution. Opponents say small businesses and consumers will face higher costs for biodegradable containers.

The Maui News reports county officials have been sending informational packets to businesses and attending public hearings.

A ban on foam containers takes effect July 1 on the Big Island.

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