BROOKLINE (AP) — Residents of Brookline have voted to bar eating establishments in town from using Styrofoam beverage cups and takeout food containers.
Town Meeting in the Boston suburb on Tuesday voted 169-27 to bar the use of polystyrene foam, commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam, by December 2013.READ MORE: Keller @ Large: Why 'Don't Talk To Strangers' May Be The Wrong Advice For Children
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Supporters say the ban will cut down on trash and keep the foam products, which take years to break down, out of landfills.READ MORE: Mother Mourns Loss Of Lowell Murder Victim Dejah Jenkins-Minus: 'I'm Hurt, I'm Numb'
Opponents called it government overreach and said people who don’t want to use polystyrene containers can simply visit establishments that don’t serve food and drinks in them.
Several other communities nationwide have barred the use of polystyrene, including Great Barrington.
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