On the heels of a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags, a bill has been introduced in the Northern Marianas House of Representatives seeking to ban styrofoam food containers.
The bill proposes prohibiting the use of certain styrofoam containers, beginning in two years.
These include those used for take-out foods, packaged meat, eggs and bakery products.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer say styrofoam may be carcinogenic.
It also has a wide environmental impact with about 80 percent of styrofoam ending up in landfills or waterways.
CNMI legislation on a plastic bag ban is still to be passed.