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Should North Hempstead 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 Port Washington? 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 North Hempstead 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.

kevin hickson February 16, 2013 at 03:23 PM
The short answer is yes, all these containers should be of materials that will compost. Many local governments in California and other states are ahead of us in this regard. Paper cups and boxes are one answer another that is often overlooked is using corn or soybean based plastics for take out containers. These will readily decompose back into their starch base.
sadeto February 16, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Corn and soybean based polymers are very expensive. Recycled paper cartons are cheaper. They don't insulate well but I think the tradeoff is worth it.
david February 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM
let's first ban corrupt, and inept politicians in North Hempstead. they are a biger problem than plastic cups .
Jason Molinet February 16, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Good point.
sadeto February 16, 2013 at 05:19 PM
But they will eventually decompose.
Artie Fischl February 16, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Does anyone know by what mechanism or what standard does David Reich-Hale curtail comments? Are they his standards alone? Or is there a Council for Patch Conformity of which he is a representative? Why waste one's time here in debate and discourse if that can be terminated at any time?
Sean Hassett February 17, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Where I work, all the cutlery, hot and cold cups, plates and napkins are compostable. The hot cups are pretty good at insulating. So there are viable alternatives available. I hate foam and plastic.
Jason Molinet February 17, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Patch Terms of Use: http://portwashington.patch.com/terms
Artie Fischl February 18, 2013 at 01:04 AM
thanks Jason... and I do see now that Mr Reich-Hale is a Patch editor... maybe I overlooked it in your link of Patch Terms of Use, but is there any statement there of what conditions in a comments thread would give cause for comments in the thread to be discontinued? Wouldn't it be more constructive to delete specific comments that violate Patch Terms of Use? Instead of summarily suppressing the free exchange of ideas?
Jason Molinet February 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM
@Artie Not sure what you are referring to. But if you reply to a comment that gets deleted -- usually for bad language or unsubstantiated claims -- any response to that comment gets deleted too. Hope that helps. No suppression of thoughts or ideas. Just making sure comments aren't offensive.
Jeff Carswell February 18, 2013 at 01:06 PM
It is ironic that you are criticising politicians when you can't even spell "bigger."

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