Bill to ban Styrofoam containers across Oregon fails to clear House on Earth Day

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SALEM, Ore. – On Monday (coincidentally Earth Day), the Oregon House failed to pass a bill that would have banned Styrofoam containers and cups across the state.

If passed, House Bill 2883 would've banned all containers made from Styrofoam in restaurants across the state.

Lawmakers were split on the bill during Monday's vote with 29 yeas and 29 nays. It needed 31 votes in support to clear the House.

Under the bill, businesses found using Styrofoam could have faced a fine of up to $250 per day.

Styrofoam containers are already banned in Portland. The state Legislature is also eyeing a bill that would fine businesses throughout the state for using single-use plastic bags.

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