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POLL: Do You Support the Brookline Styrofoam Ban?

Is the ban a common sense solution to an environmental problem or another example of government overreach?

Brookline Town Meeting voted to ban styrofoam cups from restaurants in town. Advocates noted that Styrofoam won't break down in landfills and is made of potentially noxious chemicals.

Not everyone was in favor of the move. Dunkin Donuts came to speak against the ban Tuesday night. Spokesperson Christine Riley said the company has looked and not found a better alternative to Styrofoam to keep coffee warm.

What do you think? Is this a case of common sense winning the day, or is it another tiny loss of freedom? Should the government force businesses to make good environmental decisions? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

aaron webster November 15, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Brookline businesses will rise prices to offset the cost of different containers. So when this goes into effect take your busines to communities with no ban. Save money!
Mary Mahlman November 15, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Just a thought regarding ban on plastic bags. How is this going to affect the pooper scooper law as a lot of people use the plastic grocery bags to pick up after their dogs. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Bill Davidson November 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM
1) There are affordable alternatives to Styrofoam containers. 2) Residents are not prohibited from using plastic grocery bags.
Thomas Mac November 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
2). Wrong..... Brookline Town Meeting voted to prohibit supermarkets from using plastic check out bags on Wednesday night. and the majority of people use those bags to pick up after their dogs.
Thomas Mac November 15, 2012 at 03:32 PM
1) I think dunkin donuts knows what it is talking about? Name one decent alternative? Double cupping using paper cups? What else can we ban in Brookline...
Cheryl Schmidt November 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Misguided ban. Other products are less effective and more expensive. Brookline residents will pay in the end.
John Doherty January 29, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Should be overturned. State has invested tens of millions of dollars for solid waste master planning & policy. This type of misguided proposal by a locality turns a deaf ear to twenty years of this investment from Dukakis all the way to Patrick.

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