POLL: Boston Looking to Ban Foam Food Boxes Too
Shortly after the Brookline polystyrene food box warrant article ban breaks, Boston City Councilors propose similar ban.
Both Brookline and Boston will soon consider banning the use of polystyrene foam food boxes or coffee cups.
One of the warrant articles to be considered before town meeting will ban foam food containers from Brookline--and Herald Columnist Margery Eagan talked with the petitioner about the proposed plastic foam ban.
Nancy Heller, the petitioner for the Brookline ban, mentioned "styrofoam cups" at coffee shops, which "bothered her," and a move to ban it, she told Eagan she felt it was "the right thing to do."
A representative from Dow Chemical clarified to Brookline Patch yesterday that Styrofoam brand foam is used in construction, crafting and floral projects, while the foam used in food containers is made using a different chemical process.
Special Town Meeting begins on Nov. 13. at the Brookline High School.
About a week after that story ran, BostInno reported that Boston's city councilors are proposing a similar ban.
One of those coffee shops, Dunkin Donuts, is concerned about the potential ban.
“There is no easily recyclable hot cup available in the marketplace today. Dunkin’ Donuts, along with others in the industry, is actively searching for a more sustainable cup solution,” Karen Raskopf, SVP of Corporate Communications for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. said in the BostInno piece.
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