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.

A Concerned Resident February 16, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Yes, but phased in so not to negatively impact small businesses.
josef February 16, 2013 at 05:01 PM
After his punishment of auto drivers and beverage size meddling, Bloomberg badly needed something to make him look smart. Good move Mayor --- Thank you!
Diane Sicca February 16, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I support getting the message out and if necessary encourage consumers to let the businesses know you don't like styrofoam. I do not agree with banning it. I don't like styrosoam and don't buy anything in it but this increasing use of bans is wrong. If I know Bloomberg he will make a fortune on betting against styrofoam companies and for the regular cups. He's a control freak.
WOODY11780 February 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Michael K February 17, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Yes, Ban it, along with the rest of the litter that is along our roadways. Sad that we have slobs out there that throw their garbage out the window.
Fred Stewart February 17, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Styrofoam is unnecessary and doesnt degrade... Get rid of it!
jeremiah bullfrog February 17, 2013 at 09:03 PM
What will replace it thats environmentally friendly? Are we soon gonna bring our own plates?
Brian Whitehurst February 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM
No, styrofoam is an excellent product for food containers. Hot food stays hot. Cold food stays cold. It is cleaner and healthier than the alternatives.
jhennessy February 20, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Almost every piece of styrofoam has a recycle symbol on it, Usually on the bottom. So why aren't we recycling 20,000 tons of it just in NYC and making money and providing jobs? That's 40 million pounds a year in NYC alone. And as Brian writes, " styrofoam works best! "
Adriana Perciballi February 23, 2013 at 05:02 PM
There are many substitutes to styrofoam that is biodegradable or compostable and work well. We all should be doing what we can to help the planet for the future children to enjoy! All for eliminating styrofoam!


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