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East Hampton Village considers ban on plastic foam food containers

The move follows steps taken last month in Patchogue to prohibit the use of plastic foam food containers.

East Hampton Village is likely to ban the

East Hampton Village is likely to ban the sale of plastic foam food containers, such as one above. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

East Hampton Village is likely to ban the sale of plastic foam food containers next month as its board moves forward with its vision to be more environmentally conscious, the village administrator said.

The village board of trustees set an April 20 public hearing on the proposed ban and is expected to enact the law that day, East Hampton Village Administrator Becky Hansen said Monday.

“It’s highly likely that the board will adopt this,” she said. “We don’t anticipate any opposition.”

East Hampton officials had been considering the proposed law, but their efforts intensified last month when the Patchogue Village Board adopted a similar ban. East Hampton contacted Patchogue for a copy of its legislation to consider.

“I think it’s a great step,” Patchogue trustee Joseph Keyes said of East Hampton’s move. “I’m glad they’re doing it and I want other towns and villages following suit.” Keyes led his municipality’s ban on foam containers.

The East Hampton proposal would make it illegal for businesses to use or sell plastic foam food containers with the exception of stores that sell raw meat packaging or prepackaged food items, East Hampton officials said.

Dozens of municipalities nationwide, including New York City, have adopted such bans. Some commercial operations have stopped using plastic containers. Dunkin’ Donuts plans to do away with plastic foam cups in its shops worldwide.

Patchogue, Southampton and East Hampton towns and Suffolk County have adopted bans or restrictions on single-use plastic bag use.

“We’re doing anything on our part to help the environment,” Hansen said of the pending legislation in East Hampton Village.

The Patchogue ban, intended to help the environment by encouraging the use of recyclable containers, prohibits restaurants and corner delis from using plastic foam cups or food containers unless they are biodegradable or recyclable.

The Restaurant Action Alliance of New York has argued that the materials are recyclable and that more costly alternatives unfairly hurt small businesses.

The East Hampton public hearing starts at 11 a.m. and will be held at the emergency services building, 1 Cedar St.


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