Styrofoam to be banned in the FSM beginning July 1, 2020


  • step in the right direction.. very good!
  • Yes. Styrofoam is the worst. It's not biodegradable.

    Estimates on how long it takes to degrade vary wildly depending on who you ask and what the method of decomposition is. Some people say a decade, others say 500 years, and still others say it will take a million or more years.

  • Some boats, cars and ice chests have styrofoam in them though. Just saying.
  • As the photo shows, the ban is aimed at the importation of throwaway, styrofoam food containers.
  • According to one website, Styrofoam disposable food containers cost from approximately $16.00 to $25.00 per case. Biodegradable, compostable disposable food containers cost approximately 2 -- 3 times as much per case. My guess would be that as demand for biodegradable containers increases, their per case cost should go down.

    This link will take you to Styrofoam containers. Follow the link for Disposables to Eco-Friendly for biodegradable containers.
  • Palikir-- Federated States of Micronesia President David W. Panuelo has signed Public Law 21-76, which prohibits the importation of one-time-use disposable styrofoam, plastic bags and plastic food service items such as plates, cups, eating utensils.

    The new law takes effect on July 1 this year.

    The new law states that "nothing shall prevent a person from importing reusable, or recycled styrofoam, plastic food service items, or plastic shopping bags. Biodegradable plastic bags and food service items may be imported.

    “In order for the [FSM]’s Climate Change pleas to be taken seriously by the global community,” Panuelo said, “We must demonstrate courage and conviction in our actions, and compassion and care towards our environment and our citizens. We must lead by example. This new ban on disposable plastic, which allows the importation of reusable and recycled plastic, shows that it is possible to be environmentally conscious while still retaining sensitivity to the conveniences appreciated by citizens and the business community. I want to thank our 21st FSM Congress for their bold leadership on this issue,” Panuelo said.

    “I appreciate beyond words that the calls Vice President George and I have made on safeguarding our environment are taken seriously by our nation’s Legislative Branch. Truly, our actions today are our nation’s prosperity tomorrow!”

    Panuelo urged FSM citizens "to be stewards of our islands. We are, each of us, guardians of our environment. It should be taught in schools, in community houses, and in homes that our actions as individuals affect our broader society, and each of us has the responsibility to keep our homes and our islands clean."

  • It burns very quickly. We do not have the volume to worry about the health effect.
  • Burning Styrofoam, or polystyrene, is the least appropriate way to get rid of it for both people and the environment. Research has shown that when Styrofoam is burned it releases toxic chemicals and smoke that can damage the nervous system and lungs.
  • Lets blame Trump for those Chinese plastics.
  • Trump calls global climate change "a hoax" and he's eliminated regulations that protect our environment.

    No wonder people call him America's Moron-in-Chief.
  • ^The largest plastic manufacturing companies in the US are in California. If Democrats in California can pass and implement sanctuary cities law to protect illegal immigrants in California they can also pass and enact laws in California to ban plastic manufacturing in California. But they don't cause Democrats know those companies donate millions to their Democrats National Committee every year.

  • So tell me again why your hero, the Climate-Denier-in-Chief, still says that global warming is a "hoax?"
  • ^its not his goal or part of his agenda. Trumps agenda is to rebuild the US military cut regulations to strengthen and make the US economy grow and create jobs at the same time immigration reform and make trade fair for the US and its trade partners.

    The economy would tank and jobs would disappear and unemployment would rise in the US if Trump ever follow a bleeding heart policy like obama did.

    The US is not the biggest manufacturer of plastics but its biggest plastic manufacturing companies are located in California. These companies make donations to the Democrat party.

    If Democrats are serious about this they control the state of California and they can ban plastic entirely in California. But they don't. Because if they do the Benjamin's will stop going to the DNC.
  • The biggest manufacturer of plastic in the world is socialist China. They control 85% of the plastic market.
  • Marxists stick together.
  • Trump is to blame for plastics made in socialist China. The biggest carbon emitter in the world is also socialists China.

    Go to China my bleeding heart socialist friends and demand and protest that the Socialists country stop making plastics and stop polluting the air. Oh wait you can't cause in socialist China they will throw you in jail and torture you.
  • Fortunately, the FSM president is much smarter than Trump. That's why he is banning styrofoam products from his country....even if China loses money because of it.

    Trump will not ban styrofoam because the president of China is his "friend."
  • Trump is in a trade was with his "friend" from China at the very moment.

  • His new trade agreement is all about punitive mandates against his "friends" country lest his friend's country cheats and steals again. Yup, they're good "friends."
  • So Trump will now ban the importation of styrofoam products from China? lol

    When will that ban begin? Please provide some reliable, factual proof. (Don't try too hard. There is none,)
  • edited February 22
    Why would you want Trump to decide for you what is good and bad? If Trump bans styro-foam where is your freedom to choose? Should we ban cars and fuel too since too many people die from car crashes and the pollution they make? No we let people make their own decisions. If we don't buy them then the companies that make them go broke. That is how freedom works in a free-market.

    Should Trump ban babies because there are too many people on this planet? Communists and Democrats say yes, but free people say no. If you don't want babies, don't make them. But don't take away the freedoms from the next guy to choose, regardless if that guy is a baby or a senile citizen.
  • You are one confused dude, z.

    Babies are human beings and no one I know has banned them.

    Styrofoam plates, cups, and boxes are not human beings. They are made from oil and they pollute our land and water.

    Try to keep up with what is happening in the world today. You will be a happier person.
  • When you subsidize planned parenthood to abort babies you take away the babies' freedom to live. When you tax parents for having more than one child, you are urging them to abort their additional babies. Such preemptive policies against human life are forms of a ban. For example, President Panuelo could have imposed a very high tax rate on styrofoams and it would have the same effect as his current ban, if his constituents can no longer afford to buy styrofoams.
  • Socialist China is the top contributor to climate change and plastic manufacturing in the world.

    Democrats can ban plastic manufacturing in California, Democrats control the state government of California. Yet they don't.


    Reaper can't decide where plastic is manufactured.

    First he says China. Then he says California.

    No wonder no one takes him seriously.
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