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Statement on Baltimore City's Polystyrene Ban


(BALTIMORE)—The National Aquarium applauds the Baltimore City government for banning the use of polystyrene foam food and drink containers, which will help improve the health of our environment and the species that depend on local habitats. Reducing single-use plastics, including polystyrene, is a significant step toward addressing the harmful marine debris in the Inner Harbor and greater Chesapeake Bay watershed, and toward efforts to eliminate ocean pollution across the globe.

"The National Aquarium has led cleanup events throughout Baltimore City since 1998," said Kris Hoellen, National Aquarium senior vice president and chief conservation officer. "Between 2011 and 2016 alone, nearly 550,000 pieces of debris have been collected, with half of those being foam or foam pieces. We are proud of the Baltimore City government for recognizing the harmful effects of polystyrene on the environment and for positioning Baltimore to lead on the issue of combatting ocean pollution."

In 2017, the National Aquarium announced the elimination of all single-use plastic foodware in its building and joined forces with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Shedd Aquarium to spearhead the Aquarium Conservation Partnership. The National Aquarium remains committed to its mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures and is proud to be part of the City of Baltimore, especially as it advances this significant environmental measure.