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Somerville considering ban on Styrofoam containers

Posted by Jarret Bencks  January 14, 2013 12:46 PM

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Officials in Somerville are considering a ban on the use of Styrofoam containers at take-out restaurants in the city.

The Board of Aldermen approved a request from Alderman Bob Trane in December, calling for the city solicitor to draft an ordinance to ban polystyrene -- the material used to make Styrofoam cups and containers -- from use by take-out food establishments in the city.

At the time, Trane said his request was made for environmental reasons.

"It's amazing how much of this stuff is out there," he said. "The damage it does to the environment, it's practically impossible to recycle it."

Somerville isn't the first community to consider a ban on such containers. Brookline residents approved a measure to ban polystyrene containers by a wide margin at Town Meeting in November.

The proposed Somerville ordinance is now ready to be considered by the aldermen's Legislative Matters Committee, which is scheduled to meet Jan. 22.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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