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.

Our question: Should the ban exist statewide? Let us know in comments.

Frank February 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Styrofoam is a great insulator... keeps food and beverages hot. Unless Bloomberg has ideas on how to keep food and beverages hot (especially during the months of Dec, Jan, Feb, and Mar) that do not include hitching a warming oven on the back of all those delivery bicycles, can't see viable alternatives. Vacuum steel and aluminum bottles and containers would hold the heat, but are expensive in comparison. Also, who wants to lug around a thermos (besides those urbanites who like to haul their entire lives in those stylish backpacks that weigh 50 lbs) Styrofoam has its place... for now. I say continue until a suitable alternative is found. As for saving plastic, I for one would like to go back to the old days and use glass bottles... Nothing was better than those glass milk bottles... Milk lasted longer... tasted better... you return the bottles where they were cleaned, sterilized and refilled. Much more environmentally friendly than those plastic jugs. If it breaks, collect the shards, remelt and voila, new bottle


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