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Brookline aims to help businesses prepare for polystyrene ban

Posted by Brock Parker  November 14, 2013 02:41 PM

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Health officials in Brookline are holding three informational sessions next week to help local businesses prepare for the town’s upcoming ban on disposable polystyrene containers.

Brookline’s Health Department will hold the informational sessions Monday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. in the Denny Room of its building at 11 Pierce St.

Brookline Town Meeting voted in 2012 to prohibit the use of disposable polystyrene for take-out food and beverages packaged in food service establishments in the town. The ban kicks in on Dec. 1.

Alan Balsam, Brookline’s public health director, has said more than 350 local food service businesses will be affected by the ban, but alternatives for the polystyrene containers can be considerably more costly to businesses.

The informational sessions scheduled for Monday aim to assist businesses with the transition into alternative non-polystyrene products, according to the health department.
All food service operators are being encouraged to attend one of the three sessions.

For more information, contact Miranda Corbine at the Health Department at 617-730-2642 or via email at 617-730-2642.

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