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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.

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

chefcristo February 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM
we have enough legislative issues that cost taxpayers money to be voted on and implemented by our representatives. if plastic foam doesn't pose a direct health hazard, let the issue die. we already have enough governance to last us more than a lifetime. work on issues that have immediate and direct effect on the population.
* February 17, 2013 at 01:28 PM
YES! Packaging design "When buying organic food, consumers expect to buy an all-around ecologically friendly product, including the packaging. On top of guaranteeing food safety and quality, offering space for product information, easy packing operation and easy handling in the integrated transport system, the packaging material for organic food should be environmentally friendly, have a high degree of recyclability and perhaps carry graphic design work characteristic of organic produce for effective advertising." http://www.intracen.org/Packaging-for-organic-foods-for-web/#page18
Paul L. February 17, 2013 at 02:54 PM
What are they suggesting the foam packaging be replaced with?
S.Kuefner February 17, 2013 at 04:17 PM
In the 50's we had wax coated heavy paper boxes much like milk containers that still exist today. Food still stayed warm. I think foam is much over used,it's under every supermarket meat. Not sure if there are recycling benefits but it seems likely.

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