In his final State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a citywide ban on plastic-foam food packaging, which environmentalists have derided for years.
If the mayor gets his way, New York would become the first east coast city to implement the ban, which already exists on various levels in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.
A restaurant owner who spoke to a Patch staffer in Brooklyn argued that the ban would hurt the economy, though many others also support the ban.
In 2011, nearby Southampton Village became the first municipality on New York State to ban plastic shopping bags, and the second on the East Coast. Environmentalists pushed for the Southampton Town Board to adopt the same ban, but a board majority decided to pursue awareness and recycling instead.
Our question: Should the ban exist statewide? Let us know in comments.