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Plastic Food Containers a Thing of the Past

Jay Aowas, owner of Jasper’s Deli on West 238th Street, holds out a plastic food container. Aowas made the switch from plastic foam to a different kind of plastic some six months ago, ahead of the city’s foam ban Jan. 1. He figured the fines weren’t worth it, and wanted to get a head start transitioning to alternative food packaging, including the plastic-based containers he uses now. While they cost a bit more, Aowas believes eliminating foam is better for the environment. JULIUS CONSTANTINE MOTAL

The next time you ask for a doggy bag in a restaurant, your leftovers might have to be taken out in an actual bag. That’s because, as the Riverdale Press reports, on January 1 a citywide ban on the eternal plastic convenience took effect.

The paper examines how the new law might affect businesses and customers, including various aspects of cost and convenience.

Take note that the law doesn’t only ban those take-out foam containers, but also other non-biodegradable items like styrofoam cups, plates, trays, and bowls, and those so-called ‘packing peanuts’ that are used to keep mailed items from shifting during delivery.

While some humans might complain of the inconvenience, Mother Earth is much happier to be rid of the centuries-long burden the indestructable material causes.

Read the full January 3, 2019 story by Zak Kostro in the RIVERDALE PRESS…

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