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Public hearing Wednesday on Somerville Styrofoam ban

Posted by Jarret Bencks  February 26, 2013 05:12 PM

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A proposed ban on the use of Styrofoam cups and containers by Somerville restaurants will be the subject of a public hearing Wednesday.

The proposal was first brought forward by Alderman Bob Trane in January. At the time, Trane said the city should ban polystyrene containers 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."

Trane's proposal came about a month after Brookline decided to ban the use of Styrofoam at restaurants and coffee shops.

The public hearing, hosted by Alderwoman Rebekah Gewirtz, will be held at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

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

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