Styrofoam ban could eliminate jobs in Albany County

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Updated: 12/02/2013 9:33 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. - Styrofoam containers from fast food giants in Albany could be a thing of the past after a law was passed last month

On Monday night, Chris Higgins, one of the sponsors of the bill, along with dozens of others, urged Albany County Executive Dan McCoy to sign the bill into law.

Higgins said “that stuff [Styrofoam] goes into our streams, additional tonnage in our landfills.”

The law would ban Styrofoam containers at chain restaurants in the county. This has already been voted in favor by county legislatures but businesses say the ban would affect them negatively.

“I’m green, we have a team green in place but we have to look at the law” explained McCoy.

Genpak, a company which manufacturers foam products had its employees and representatives urge McCoy to veto the bill.

“We hope he vetoes it. It’ll affect about 250 jobs,” said Genpak employee Jeff Cole.

McCoy has 10 days to make his decision on the law.              


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