Starting July 1, 2016, polystyrene (commonly referred to as "Styrofoam"), polystyrene loose fill packaging (also known as "packing peanuts") and other foam articles are not permitted for sale or use in Prince George's County.
To reduce the amount of polystyrene waste entering the landfill and local waterways, the County is requiring the use of non-foam food packaging products that are environmentally-friendly and for everyone to be "Foam Free in PGC."
There are many non-foam food packaging alternatives. Some examples include recyclable and compostable containers that are rigid plastic or paper-based. View a list of vendors that offer alternative and compliant products.
DoE is here to help! Need more information on being "Foam Free in PGC" or have additional questions not answered above? Contact Vaughn Barkdoll at FoamFreePGC@co.pg.md.us or view the "Foam Free in PGC" Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).
If you are a business interested in receiving information on how to comply with the law or apply for a hardship, please dial 311 to contact County Click.
Help Spread the Word
Share information about being "Foam Free in PGC" with this informative handout (PDF) that explains the law, examples of foam packaging that cannot be sold or used, and which businesses are affected.