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Bill To Ban Styrofoam Containers In City Introduced In City Council

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A bill was introduced in the City Council Wednesday to ban the use of Styrofoam containers in the city, an idea that Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed in his State of the City speech back in February. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn loves her coffee, specifically coffee from Dunkin Donuts.

"I go with the medium, always," she said. "I probably should go with the large. Because I keep buying mediums, it makes me think I am drinking less. Occasionally, I do get a small towards the end of the day."

The medium and large coffees, though, come in Styrofoam cups, cups that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to ban. Quinn is even photographed clutching one in a New York Magazine profile.

Despite her attachment to Dunkin Donuts, she supports the mayor's plan.

"I follow the law as it relates to coffee and all other caffeinated beverages, because I'm very confident that Dunkin Donuts will follow the law when we change it," she said.

A bill was introduced in the City Council Wednesday to ban the use of Styrofoam containers in the city. Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed the idea in his State of the City speech back in February.

Many restaurants and food vendors have stopped using Styrofoam packing on their own, voluntarily, but other small business owners are more loyal to the packaging, and they are seeking help from the City Council.

"My concern is about small business, the cost to small business," said Manhattan Councilman Robert Jackson. "And the industry is saying we can recycle it, not ban it."

Styrofoam is cheaper than other food containers, and it keeps food hot and fresh. The mayor has said it is virtually impossible to recycle, but others think the city should at least try.

"I think before we go to a full ban, where it's going to cost us jobs and it's going to increase the cost to everybody, let's see if a recycling program works," said Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. "If he's right, then we'll talk about a ban."

For now, the mayor and speaker only seem interested in talking about getting rid of the stuff entirely. For Quinn, it is a personal issue, but she is willing to make the switch to paper, so long as the coffee inside the cup stays the same.

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