Committee on House Administration Democrats Applaud Proposed D.C. Styrofoam Container Ban

Nov 7, 2013
Press Release

November 7, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Committee on House Administration Democrats applaud today’s proposal by District of Columbia Mayor, Vincent Gray, to prohibit the use of Styrofoam containers in D.C. eateries. The proposal is designed to cut down on waste and keep polystyrene from contaminating area waterways. If passed, D.C. does not have jurisdiction to force the House of Representatives to comply with the ban.

The Committee on House Administration previously oversaw former Speaker Pelosi’s Green the Capitol Initiative, which eliminated Styrofoam containers in favor of biodegradable options in all House eateries. Committee Democrats led the charge against the return of polystyrene to House restaurants under Republican Leadership.

“Styrofoam containers are unquestionably bad for the environment,” said Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA). “Producing them generates a ton of HFCs, and they never decompose. Incinerating isn’t a better solution, as it releases a huge amount of carbon dioxide. Republican leaders should follow the District’s lead and once again eliminate polystyrene containers from our campus.”

Mayor Gray’s office called on the House to follow suit as well. “Then-Speaker Pelosi launched the composting program,” said Pedro Ribeiro, Director of Communications for the Mayor. “It’s been proven that it can be done. Though we can’t mandate legally that they do it, we would obviously encourage that they do so. It would be a shame if every other restaurant and carryout in the District were in compliance with the law and they weren’t.”

Congress Number: 
113th Congress