NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City restaurant owners are speaking out against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on plastic foam cups and food containers.
Opponents rallied on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday before a City Council meeting where the ban was to be introduced.
Speakers said the ban would cut 1,500 jobs in the polystyrene industry. They said it also would hurt small businesses like delis and bodegas, since alternative materials such as aluminum are much more expensive.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. suggested recycling the containers instead.
“Before we end these 1,500 jobs, before we double the cost, let’s try recycling. Is that too much to ask? I’m an environmentalist, I’m also a reasonable person and a business person. And I say let’s not cut these jobs, let’s not double the costs, let’s not hurt our economy right now,” Vallone Jr. said.
Protesters said the ban could cost the city and state as much as $100 million a year.
The demonstrators held signs reading “Put A Lid On It,” 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported.
But also speaking Wednesday, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn said she supports and is excited about the mayor’s efforts to ban plastic foam containers in the city.
“Look we have an enormous solid waste management plan. And Styrofoam – I mean, at the end of all time, the only things that are going to be left are cockroaches and Styrofoam unless we do something about it. Maybe Cher, I don’t know, but aside from Cher, cockroaches and Styrofoam – that is it,” Quinn told reporters including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.
Quinn said the ban would be an important environmental and waste management step for the city, and said she thinks the measure will pass.
He said the containers are “virtually impossible to recycle.”
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- 3 Dead After Fire At Hillsborough Township Apartment Complex
- Student Accused Of Beating Manhattan School Principal
- 2 Young Children Recovering After Police Say Father Jumps With Them From NJ Bridge
- NYPD: Cuffed Man Escapes Police Custody In The Bronx
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)