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Public hearing set on proposed ban of foam containers in Somerville

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 5, 2013 08:50 AM

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A proposed ban on the use of Styrofoam cups and containers at restaurants and take-out food establishments in Somerville will be subject to a second public hearing.

The proposed ban has been subject to review by the Board of Aldermen's legislative matters committee since February. An initial public hearing was held on Feb. 27, where local environmental groups and residents spoke in favor of the ban, while representatives from a company that manufactures and distributes polystyrene, and Dunkin' Donuts representatives, spoke against it.

The committee set a second public hearing for April 16 at 6 p.m. A location was not immediately announced after the committee approved the hearing in a meeting Thursday at City Hall.

As currently written, the ban would keep cups and containers made of polystyrene -- commonly referred to as Styrofoam -- from being used at restaurants, cafeterias, and carry-out food establishments, while grocery stores would be exempt.

It would go in effect one year after its approval. Violators would pay a maximum fine of $300.

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

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