New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would prohibit public schools and universities from selling food and beverages in Styrofoam containers.

Henry Gajda with the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters told lawmakers it takes about 500 years for a Styrofoam cup to biodegrade.

“As it breaks apart it becomes increasingly embedded in our lands and waters littering our coasts with toxic shards of expanded foam. It has the hazardous ability to absorb toxins, heavy metals, and pesticides, bioaccumulating throughout the food chain, generating imminent and persist threats throughout these ecosystems and to our public health.”

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