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.

Edward Robinson February 16, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Mayor Bloomberg also said that plastic-foam containers may be harmful to public health. What does everyone think of that?
Concerned Long Islander February 16, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I do believe we should ban styrofoam. It lives longer than any one of us. However, it seems to have a true beneficial use in house foundation walls. I've seen it used on many home improvement shows and always wonder why we don't see it here on L.I. To me, it's probably the best use for the stuff. I can't think of any other beneficial use.
tom February 16, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Frank A February 17, 2013 at 01:49 PM
We absolutely should ban these styrofoam products. We should've done it years ago. They are not biodegradable bad for the environment and don't benefit anyone.


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