Town Meeting to Consider Ban on Foam Food Containers

A warrant article on the docket for fall's Special Town Meeting will ban polystyrene food containers from use in town.

Some town residents are foaming at the mouth to be rid of foam food containers--or more accurately, they feel strongly enough to write a warrant article that would ban them.

The warrant articles have not yet been approved by the Board of Selectmen, who will . However, the polystelene ban and a move to limit plastic bags are both included in the version which the Board saw last night (Sept. 11). 

Margery Eagan talked with the petitioner about the proposed plastic foam ban, in a column for the Boston Herald, who told Eagan she felt it was "the right thing to do."

Petitioner Nancy Heller told the Herald columnist, "It always bothered me when I went to certain coffee shops and the cups were made of Styrofoam. I don’t want to name them, but Styrofoam is an environmental hazard in the world.”

See the Herald for the full column

Styrofoam is one brand of plastic foam food containers which which will be included in the ban, and is a product owned by Dow Chemical.

At the last Town Meeting, earlier this year, . students proposed both that article, and one . 

Last fall's , which will be lifted on Saturday. 


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