Potential Styrofoam ban debated in Albany County

Posted at: 12/02/2013 10:28 PM
Updated at: 12/02/2013 11:52 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - Albany County Executive Dan McCoy listened to what the people had to say about the potential future of Styrofoam containers in the county.

The new law would require disposable food service containers at chains stores and restaurants to be biodegradable.

Dennis Martin from Hannaford says it would cause major problems with food safety.

"We also are not aware of any suppliers of biodegradable and compostable film that is certified for food. So we hope that you'll refer back the legislation for refinement and include recyclable packaging as an option," Martin said.

Grace Nichols from Berkeley Ecology Center disagrees.

"I think it's really important to remember that this is the wave of the future. We do need to return to paper packaging," Nichols said.

The managers at plants that make the Styrofoam say a ban like this could cost a lot of people their jobs.