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Should Syosset 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.

Should Syosset Ban Plastic-Foam Containers?

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 Syosset? 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 Oyster Bay to legislate.

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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. 

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