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Should Somerville Ban Styrofoam?

Brookline did it. Cambridge is thinking about it. Should Somerville join the trend?

Earlier this month Brookline, despite objections from Dunkin Donuts, voted to ban styrofoam food containers, including cups, from restaurants in town.

A week later, city councilors in Cambridge voted to draft a municipal code that, if enacted, would do the same thing.

This begs the question: Should Somerville follow suit?

Would you support a styrofoam food-container ban in Somerville? Or do you think such a ban goes too far?

Barbara Sherman December 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
ReFoamIt offers opportunities to municipalities, individuals, and businesses to recycle EPS Foam or Styrofoam™. We offer drop off events and collection services throughout Massachusetts. Please help us keep Styrofoam products out of the incinerators and landfills. To see our upcoming events visit www.refoamit.com.
John Doherty January 29, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Paper cups are actually plastic coated paper cups---as they must be to be liquid-proof. These paper cups are not recycled in almost all cases. You should know that science (entire Life Cycle analysis by FRANKLIN) proves that in fact the the foam cup is a more environmentally advancing choice. This measure is nothing more than an expensive "send them a message" item that does nothing to help never-mind solve a problem. It more complex (municipal waste/recycling advancement) then this ban would purport to do.
Barbara Sherman February 28, 2013 at 03:01 PM
AHM, Sorry, that I did not see this post earlier. I own a MA based company called ReFoamIt. We recycle foam more commonly known as Styrofoam(TM) We accept foam at 1 Sculley Rd., Ayer MA 01432 for no charge. We are open from 8-5 M-F and 8-2 Saturdays. We offer programs to businesses and municipalities. Check out our web site at www.refoamit.com
Chris Orchard February 28, 2013 at 03:21 PM
I deleted a comment because it was spam.
Maria February 28, 2013 at 04:52 PM
A nice way to drive business from the city, and take away a few more of our individual rights/choices. Also, the school department probably uses more styrofoam than Dunkin' Donuts. Clean up your own house before you come after mine.

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