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Should Northport Village 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 Northport? So much of the Village is driven by eateries and the dining experience, which means so much waste in the form of takeout containers.

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.

Irishdave February 17, 2013 at 06:11 PM
And just think, we had a styrofoam cup plant right on Main St just west of the firehouse .
Phil M Sr February 18, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Another law.........when are they going to stop with all the BS and get down to solving the real problems in this village........like taxes, pensions, health benefits, the roads suck and people can't afford to stay here!!!!!!!! Wake up and smell the roses.
FYI February 18, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Good post Phil!
Amy Waldhauer February 18, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Phil, I support a ban on styrofoam in the village. It gets in the harbor where it harms the wildlife. Between it getting swept out of the litter baskets by the wind and people being careless about disposing it, it is too dangerous. Remember, our local economy depends on a healthy harbor. What should the village do? People can't afford to stay here because taxes are high, right? What is causing the tax increases? Healthcare and pensions. Between the change in accounting for pensions and the rise in healthcare costs, we have to kick in more and more money to pay for village government. Funding has to shift from operations like the road department to paying for the mandated benefits (healthcare and pensions). I asked you, Phil, but if anyone has an idea he or she should come forward. The viilage needs to figure out what to do, as does the school district. We're all pretty smart. Let's find an answer.

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