Voices on both sides of a City Council proposal to ban packaging made of polystyrene, or Styrofoam, made their voices heard at a hearing held Monday.
Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and lawmakers who back the measure say it would protect the environment and save the city money because Styrofoam is not biodegradable. Many business groups say banning it would be costly to both small and large companies and would not have the desired effect of reducing waste.
“This bill will have serious implications not only for New York City small businesses, but upstate New York manufacturers,” said Mike Durant of the National Federation of Independent Business. “Product bans imposed absent solid scientific backing like this are threatening the viability of small businesses ... across New York.”
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who co-sponsored the bill, said after the hearing that businesses have better options and a ban makes sense: “I am not against takeout food per se; however, I see used Styrofoam food containers thrown all over the neighborhood, creating a disgusting trash and environmental problem.”