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East Hampton Village eyes a ban on plastic foam containers

Officials have been in contact with Patchogue Village and have requested a copy of its recently passed legislation.

East Hampton Village officials are looking at making

East Hampton Village officials are looking at making it illegal for restaurants to use plastic foam cups and containers. Photo Credit: Newsday / Ken Sawchuk

East Hampton Village could be the next Long Island municipality to ban plastic foam containers.

Village officials said that they have been considering making it illegal for restaurants to use plastic foam cups and containers. They contacted Patchogue officials last week to request a copy of the village’s legislation banning the containers. The law was adopted in January and takes effect in September.

“I anticipate that we will take up the issue at our March 1 work session,” said East Hampton Village Administrator Becky Hansen.

Dozens of cities nationwide have adopted such bans, and Dunkin’ Donuts last week announced plans to do away with plastic foam cups in its shops worldwide.

Patchogue, Southampton and East Hampton towns have also adopted plastic bag bans in recent years.

Patchogue Village Trustee Joseph Keyes spearheaded the municipality’s ban on foam containers and wants it to spread across the island.

“We want other villages to put up the banner and run with it,” Keyes said last week. “I’m happy to hear there is interest in it. I hope they follow through.”

Bellport Village Mayor Ray Fell has said he intends to bring up possible legislation to his board soon.

The Patchogue ban prohibits restaurants and corner delis from using plastic foam cups or food containers unless they are biodegradable or recyclable.

Patchogue officials said the new law is intended to help the environment by encouraging the use of recyclable containers.

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

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