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Food Service Packaging - July 2018

The issues related to pollution from single-use plastics are complex and lack a straightforward solution. These items, especially food ware such as cups, lids, straws, utensils, takeout containers, and bags, often end up as litter where they pollute marine environments. They persist in the environment and in living organisms for much longer than they are in use, break down into microscopic pieces, get mistaken for food by wildlife, and then work their way up the food chain.