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Would You Support a Plastic-Foam Container Ban?

New York's Mayor said outlawing the packaging would curtail an annual waste stream of about 20,000 tons of plastic foam.

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.

gigi February 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM
yes. Definitely.
Karen Lee February 17, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Yes I hate that ugly stuff
Jonathan Baker February 17, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Absolutely!
Dennis Gleeson February 17, 2013 at 05:06 PM
But what else can be used that will keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold?
Ditty51 February 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM
we don't need any more bans from mayor doomberg. anyone who doesn't want their restaurant leftovers in a styrofoam container should bring their own from home. and if you don't want your caramel macchiato from starbucks in a sty. cup -- again, bring your own cup. in no time at all, styrofoam would phase itself out. easy peasy.
George Barry February 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Count me in. paper can be used...paper can be recycled. It breaks down much faster in the environment..and to boot, we don't oil to make it!! Plastic is made from oil..and becoming less dependent on oil is a VERY good thing.

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