PTRC Supports Legislation to Restrict the Sale of Foam Food Packaging

Trash at Chapel Point State Park

Every year, the Port Tobacco River Conservancy hosts a Potomac River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park. This year’s cleanup is Saturday, April 14, and is a great opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in the community. Every year, foam packaging makes up a substantial portion of the trash we collect.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food packaging is a major component of the litter recovered during stream cleanups throughout Maryland’s waterways. Unlike other forms of packaging, EPS foam is impossible to fully clean up once it is thrown away. It is a petroleum-based product that does not biodegrade. Instead, it crumbles and breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces each time it is touched or disturbed. Once in the water, it will absorb 10 times more pesticides, fertilizers and chemicals than other kinds of plastic, increasing toxin exposure to fish and other aquatic animals, and potentially making its way into the food chain. It is not capable of being recycled in an environmentally effective or economically feasible manner.

PTRC supports a bill that has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly to restrict the sale and use of EPS foam packaging in Maryland. Beginning January 1, 2019, HB 538 and SB 651 would prohibit food service businesses and institutions from serving food in EPS foam packaging (cups, plates, clamshells). The bill would also prohibit the retail sale of these products in the state. Grace periods for using up existing stock and state outreach programs would help businesses through the transition.

A 2017 study of retailers of varying sizes in Washington, D.C., after similar legislation was passed in 2016, found that retailers were able to offer other types of packaging at a comparable price, and did not experience ill effects due to the legislation.

Now is the time to encourage our legislators to reduce trash and litter pollution in our neighborhood streets, communities, and waterways, including the many Charles County streams, creeks, and rivers that flow to the Chesapeake Bay. Click here for contact information for Charles County Delegates Sally Y. Jameson, Edith Patterson, Susie Proctor, and C.T. Wilson. Click here for contact information for Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton.

This Month’s Shoreline Cleanup Is Sunday, October 22

On Sunday, October 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., we will hold our next shoreline cleanup at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd., Port Tobacco MD 20677. Meet us at the parking lot for the boat launch area, where we will provide bags, gloves, water, and snacks. Come out to enjoy the park and help make our river more beautiful.

Weather permitting, some of us will be taking our kayaks out after the cleanup. Feel free to join us even if you can’t participate in the cleanup.

Our next cleanup will be Saturday, August 20

July Cleanup Crew

July’s cleanup crew had plenty of work to do, and with so many people enjoying the park we expect the August cleanup to be just as big a job.

Join us from 9 to 11 am to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful. We will provide gloves, trash/recycle bags, drinking water and snacks. The park is located at 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677.

Please protect yourself from poison ivy. Also, if you would like to avoid the worst of the potholes, park on the farm road and walk down to the beach.

Join Us April 16 for the 28th Annual Potomac River Cleanup

Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed - Event - Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015

Cleanup Is from 9 am to noon

The Port Tobacco River Conservancy is teaming up with the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 28th Annual Potomac River Cleanup on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

We will be at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677. We will supply bags, gloves, drinking water and snacks.

Please come join us to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful.

For more information please visit http://trashnetwork.fergusonfoundation.org/event/3077/show, or contact Julie at jsimpson@porttobaccoriver.org or Krupa at krupa@porttobaccoriver.org

Join Our Shoreline Cleanup at Chapel Point on August 1

Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed - Event - Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015It’s time for another shoreline cleanup at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677.  We will be there Saturday, August 1, starting at 9:00 am. We will supply bags, gloves, and drinking water.

Please come join us to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful. For more information, contact Julie at jsimpson@porttobaccoriver.org or Krupa at krupa@porttobaccoriver.org

PTRC Potomac River Cleanup is this Saturday from noon to 3:00 pm

Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed - Event - Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015

Port Tobacco River Conservancy is teaming up with the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 27th Annual Potomac River Clean Up on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

We will be at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677, from noon to 3:00 pm. We will supply bags, gloves, drinking water and snacks.

Please come join us to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful.

To sign up go to: Trash Free Potomac Network – Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed – Event – Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015.

For more information, please contact: Julie at jsimpson@porttobaccoriver.org or Krupa at krupa217@gmail.com

Annual Potomac River Clean Up at Chapel Point State Park

Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed - Event - Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015Port Tobacco River Conservancy is teaming up with the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 27th Annual Potomac River Clean Up on April 11, 2015 . Please come join us to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful.

To sign up go to: Trash Free Potomac Network – Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed – Event – Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015.

For more information, please contact: Julie at jsimpson@porttobaccoriver.org or Krupa at krupa217@gmail.com