Styrofoam Banned in Boston?
Is the city about to make the polystyrene foam containers illegal?
Pretty much everyoneâ€”from the dowdiest environmentalist to the slickest corporate spokespersonâ€”agrees that using Styrofoam in food service is a bad deal for the planet. Polystyrene foam, as the material is generically known, may keep our coffee hot for half an hour, but since itâ€™s not recyclable here, it ends up sitting in landfills, where it will last for centuries. Plus, itâ€™s not renewable.
This month, the City Council is expected to hold a hearing to discuss banning Styrofoam, which would add Boston to the list of 110 municipalities that have done so. This may sound familiar: The city proposed a similar measure in 2009, but industry groups trounced it.
Scott Murphy, then the VP of strategic manufacturing and supply for Dunkinâ€™ Brands (which owns Dunkinâ€™ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins), led the opposition. Not only would such a ban force stores to switch to more-expensive paper, he said, it would also obstruct efforts to create a more environmentally friendly cup.
Three years and 12 million pounds of polystyrene foam later, weâ€™re no closer to a better idea. Weâ€™re all for the evolution of the coffee cup, and getting rid of Styrofoam will speed up that process.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2012/11/27/ban-styrofoam-boston/