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Do You Support Banning Polystyrene Food Containers in Newton?

The Newton Board of Aldermen's Programs & Services Committee is scheduled to discuss the item later this week.

Coming on the heels of a discussion about a possible fee for single-use plastic bags, the Newton Board of Aldermen will now consider whether to ban polystyrene-based disposable food containers in the city. 

Six aldermen have docketed an item requesting a prohibition of the polystyrene containers (more commonly known as styrofoam) if the packaging takes place in Newton food establishments. 

The item, which was docketed in early January, reads as follows:

ALD. DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, BLAZAR, RICE, LINSKY AND CROSSLEY requesting a prohibition on polystyrene-based disposable food or beverage containers in the City of Newton if that packaging takes place on the premises of food establishments within the City.

The Board of Aldermen's Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to discuss the item at its meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 6. The meeting will be held at 7:45 p.m. in room 222 at Newton City Hall. 

Newton is not the first local municipality to consider a polystyrene ban; Brookline Town Meeting voted in November 2012 to ban foam cups and to-go containers in the town. That ban will take effect on Dec. 1, 2013. 

As for a potential fee in Newton for certain single-use shopping bags, the Programs and Services Committee decided earlier this year to form a subcommittee to research item before moving forward with more discussion. 

What do you think about a possible ban on foam food containers in Newton? Tell us in the comments section below. 

Mark Golden February 04, 2013 at 10:22 PM
A ban on these items is a great idea. BUT! What do the Aldermen plan on the stores and restaurants using in their place? It is one thing to tell stores they can't do something that has long been a part of their business, but you also have to tell them how they can safely replace the offending products. Just banning the Styrofoam without offering a replacement (that is similar in cost and efficiency), is tantamount to banning the Board of Alderman without offering the citizens a logical replacement. This would of course open up a whole other discussion.
Robert L. Cerra February 05, 2013 at 09:36 AM
these are more ideas from the Nanny State and contibute little to solving some of the problems the city faces
Adam Maleson February 05, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Let's kill two turkeys with one stone by replacing the board of aldermen with styrofoam dummies. The transition will be practically seamless.

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