Countries ban styrofoam food containers
the world are mulling a ban on the use of styrofoam, the material most widely used to make disposable cups and plates, after gradually accepting it as a serious hazard to the environment. The Environmental Protection Administration in Taiwan has recently announced that it aims to impose a nationwide ban on the use of styrofoam cups. In the US, the mayor of New York City has announced a citywide ban on the material. In 2011, the US Department of Health and Human Services had added styrene, a synthetic compound in styrofoam, to its list of known or possible carcinogens. Styrofoam or expanded polystyrene foam is a non-biodegradable substance. Its use to serve food and drinks is dangerous because hot foods and liquids partially breakdown the styrofoam, causing some toxins to be absorbed into our bloodstream and tissues. Styrofoam's non-biodegradable nature makes it a menace for the environment. Marine pollution and threat to wildlife are other problems caused by styrofoam.