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Thanks to the efforts of local activists in Washington, D.C., Maine, and Maryland, and following the lead of various cities, those three places have created general bans on Styrofoam containers.

your state could be next.

Click here to email your state legislators.

Most polystyrene foam containers -- often called Styrofoam -- are used only once and very briefly, but will poison our environment for centuries to come.

In the United States, people each year use and throw "away" 25 billion Styrofoam cups. That mountain of poison and ugliness never fully degrades, but does break into pieces that endanger all kinds of wildlife. Less than 3 percent of polystyrene foam is recycled, and recycling the stuff is not easy or fully successful.

Of all the polystyrene and other plastics ever made, 79 percent exists right now in landfills, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Some of the rest exists inside various animals that have consumed the substance, including human beings.

It's time we stopped pretending there is an away where we can throw things. Click here to email your legislators to make your state the next state to ban Styrofoam containers.

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P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

>> CNN: Maine becomes the first state to ban Styrofoam
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