In Maryland, an expanded polystyrene ban, commonly known as styrofoam, went into effect as of July 1, 2020. Under this law, a person may not sell or offer for sale in the state an expanded polystyrene (EPS) food service product; and a food service business or school may not sell or provide food or beverages in an EPS food service product.  

An extension was given to food service businesses and schools allowing them to use their existing inventory of styrofoam products until Oct. 1, 2020.

The Environmental Health Division of the Wicomico County Health Department will look for styrofoam containers during routine inspections. If the product has not been removed during reinspection, the agency will report the noncompliance to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

For more information on the new styrofoam ban and other resources, call Environmental Health at 410-546-4446, visit the Wicomico County Health Department’s website at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram (WicomicoHealth) or Twitter (@WicomicoHealth).