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Should Glen Cove 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 New York City, why not Glen Cove? So much of the City 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 City of Glen Cove 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.

Amy February 16, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Yes. It should be a state-wide ban. Plastic foam containers are not recyclable and do not break down in the landfill.
ANTHONY PASCUCCI February 17, 2013 at 04:29 AM
I believe a ban was or is in the current City Ordinance Code. If not it was discussed over 20 years ago
Marc Rosen February 17, 2013 at 04:50 AM
There are multiple recyclable alternatives, none of which cost all that much per unit. It shouldn't make too many waves unless people are unwilling to look at other options.
Mary Ann February 17, 2013 at 01:19 PM
It is suppose to be already in place in glen cove!
Jason Molinet February 17, 2013 at 02:07 PM
@Mary Ann I believe you are correct. We'll confirm Tuesday after City offices open back up. In fact, I've heard it's been on the books more than two decades. That would be remarkable foresight.
Andy February 17, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Mayor DeRiggi Did this years ago, (August 1989) in Glen Cove. It was never enforced. http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/22/nyregion/glen-cove-acts-to-update-environmental-laws.html
Zefy Christopoulos February 17, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Styrofoam ban is already on the City of Glen Cove books....put in place I believe when the substandard and dangerous incinerator was still spewing. Enforcement or lack thereof and the newest chemical composition of Styrofoam have been discussed during the last two decades.
MCM February 18, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Styrofoam should absolutely be banned not only because it's environmentally unsound packaging, but because it's a known carcinogen. Especially with hot liquids in it. Anybody can google that fact. But because it hasn't been removed from the food industry, people assume it's normal, regular and safe as food containers. Some even reheat coffee & other foods in those toxic cups & clamshells. Yipes! And they give them to kids! I'm SO glad it's in the news so the ban can be revisited here, and implemented everywhere. It's WAY overdue.
Eileen Coles February 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM
And after we get rid of it for this good reason, maybe we can take a long hard look at aspartame and sucralose - neurotoxins in our actual food & drink.
Pazzo February 19, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Yes, ban this refuse that will remain intact after all of us are dead & gone. People throw it out of their cars after eating, which makes it worse. Manners can't be legislated, so maybe a ban will help.

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