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Should Oyster Bay Ban Plastic-Foam Containers?

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 it's good for the City, why not Oyster Bay? So much of the hamlet is driven by eateries and the dining experience, which means so much waste in the form of takeout containers. It's within the power of the Town of Oyster Bay to legislate.

If Bloomberg 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.

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Concerned Long Islander February 16, 2013 at 04:30 PM
A resounding "YES." Oyster Bay should ban the use of styrofoam in takeout food form. I'd like to know why we don't see styrofoam used in home foundation walls here on the Island. It certainly must block moisture, and even divert water from entering....and, oh...IT LASTS UNTIL... INFINITY~!!
Barbara Sullivan-Parry February 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Styrofoam is deadly. I refuse it whenever it's presented. Simple cardboard boxes and waxed paper do fine. Ban the use of styrofoam ( and then let's ban all plastic bags and containers that's killing our fish )! Barbara Sullivan-Parry
TheGreek February 17, 2013 at 06:09 PM
What time warp are you living in? I haven't seen one of these things in years!

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