The City Council held a hearing Monday to discuss a proposed ban of non-recyclable polystyrene, known commonly as Styrofoam, in city stores and restaurants.
Proponents say that Styrofoam is harmful to the environment and expensive to get rid of because the city can't recycle it.
"There are times when things are great, and at one time in our culture, polystyrene might have been something that we all thought was good, but it doesn't work anymore," said Debby Lee Cohen of Styrofoam Out of Schools. "It's outdated, and we know it doesn't fit into our infrastructure."
Restaurant owners and manufacturers of foam products, however, say that they can be recycled, and they say that the bill would do major damage to the city's economy.
"It's absolutely false," said Michael Westerfield of Dart Containers. "We've been recycling foam since 1990, and that includes dirty, food-service foam. That's what we make, and that's what we've been recycling."
The Bloomberg administration has been discussing a potential ban since February.
A vote on the measure hasn't been scheduled.