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TELL US: Should Foam Beverage, Food Containers be Banned?

Residents in Brookline supported a move to ban the use of all foam food and beverage containers, a move that was approved at Special Town Meeting.

One group of residents in the Bay State has taken a stand against the use of plastic foam food and beverage containers at local restaurants. 

A Special Town Meeting in Brookline earlier this month voted to ban the use of polystyrene (plastic foam) food and beverage containers for take-out or to-go at food establishments in town. The ban will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2013.

The move came after a Town Meeting member proposed the article due to the health risks involved in the use of the cups. As a result, the move was approved by a vote of 169-27. 

But not everyone was in favor of the move. Canton-based Dunkin Donuts spoke against the measure on Tuesday; spokesperson Christine Riley said that, despite looking, the company has not found a better alternative to the foam cups to keep coffee warm. 

Meanwhile, some petitions have cropped up, such as on Change.org, calling on Dunkin Donuts to cease use of the cups, citing hazards to the environment. Last year, the company said it was looking at alternatives to the material and also weighing the possibility of an in-store recycling program, according to a WHDH report.

But what do you think? Should Brookline's move be followed by other communities in the Commonwealth? Or should establishments be allowed to use the material for food and beverage containers? 

Mark C. Nemeskal December 01, 2012 at 11:54 AM
If Starbucks can serve coffee and tea in non-foam containers, then why can't DD? On an unrelated note, when is weekly recycling starting? It has been overdue for at least a year now.
Molly December 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Absolutely!! Styrofoam mixing with hot liquids is a toxic drink. Go Brookline!
Mark Chulsky December 01, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Funny -- we legalize marijuana, but want to ban Styrofoam. We already have enough bureaucrats telling us how to live our lives. If I want my toxic drink hot, I want to be free to choose for myself.
Buzz December 01, 2012 at 08:44 PM
No. I'll pass on a styrofoam ban. I, too, like my coffee hot.
hammergjh December 01, 2012 at 09:50 PM
If it can't be recycled then ban it. Styrofoam can melt in a cup of hot tea w/ lemon. Why would you want to drink from a container that leaches chemicals into your drink anyway? Ban it.
Sandy Jacobs December 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
It's not about me and my wants . It's about what is best for planet and everyone else on it and those to come. BAN IT! Now.
Joan P. White December 03, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Ban It Please.If the DD customer is so anxious for overly hot coffee let them bring their own insulated musgs. Styrofoam is so TOXIC how can anyone drink from it?

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