Expanded polystyrene food service containers; prohibition on dispensing, civil penalty. (HB1347)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expanded polystyrene food service containers; prohibition; civil penalty. Prohibits the dispensing by a food vendor of prepared food to a customer in a single-use expanded polystyrene food service container, as defined in the bill. The bill requires certain chain restaurants to stop using such containers by July 1, 2023, and sets the date for compliance by all food vendors as July 1, 2025. The bill exempts certain institutions, including correctional facilities and public schools, from the definition of "food vendor" and provides a process by which a locality may grant consecutive one-year exemptions to individual food vendors on the basis of undue economic hardship. The bill provides a civil penalty of $50 for each day of violation, to be collected in a civil action brought by the Attorney General or the relevant locality. The penalties collected are to be deposited in the Litter Control and Recycling Fund or to the treasury of the relevant locality, as appropriate. Finally, the bill directs the Department of Environmental Quality to post to its website information on compliance and the filing of complaints. This bill was incorporated into HB 533. Read the Bill »


02/05/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101623D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB533-Carr)
01/31/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1347)
02/05/2020Incorporated by Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (HB533-Carr)