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Over the last 20 years, the passage of environmental legislation, including polystyrene foam bans, recycling mandates, and composting mandates, has increased around the country. The GRA has created an informational map of the current legislation that affects the greening of restaurants. If you know of additional legislation relating to the greening of restaurants, please email

Map Key

Click each icon on the map to see more information about the legislation.

Ban on
Polystyrene Foam
Mandatory Composting Law
Mandatory Recycling Law

*California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania have statewide 

Mandatory Recycling and Composting laws. New York and North Carolina have a statewide Mandatory Recycling law. Maine has a statewide ban on polystyrene foam.

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