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NYC introduces bill to ban foam products

Polystyrene cups are bagged up after being manufactured

Polystyrene cups are bagged up after being manufactured at the DART Container Corp., plant in Lodi, Calif. In an effort to double the city's recycling rate by 2017, New York City Sanitation officials are considering a ban on to-go containers made of polystyrene foam. (2011) Photo Credit: AP

The mayor's plan to ban plastic foam products from the city may have support from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, but some area business owners say it will hurt their bottom line.

Restaurant owners rallied at the steps of City Hall Wednesday around the same time that Councilman Lew Fidler introduced the bill at the behest of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. While the mayor has said food containers that use certain polystyrene items are dangerous to the environment, store workers say it is more economical to use them.

"This is just another example of the administration trampling on the interests of the people who create jobs in this city," said Brooklyn restaurant owner Rosemary Nunez.

Quinn, a mayoral candidate, however said she agrees with Bloomberg's bill, which had no other co-sponsors as of Wednesday, saying it was an important solution to the city's growing waste management problem.

"In the end, the only things that are going to be left are roaches and Styrofoam," Quinn said.

It's not known when the vote will come before the full council and how much support it has.

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